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Sin Owen Science Communication Unit Communicating Science with the Creative and Performing Arts Overview Communicating Science with the Creative and Performing Arts Classroom Activities Picturing Physics Attitudes towards Science and Art Project Impact Science Journeys Summary Communicating Science with the Creative and Performing Arts Science-Art Crossover

Science inspiration to Artists Creativity Communicating through Creative and Performing Arts Funding Bodies NESTA, National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts Wellcome Trust; PULSE Research Councils My PhD: Introduction Does the way we in which we teach Physics determine how students feel about the subject? Investigating the processes of teaching and communicating Physics with the Creative and Performing Arts Types of Activity Outreach Teaching Organisation

Classroom Activities I really like or I quite like I neither like nor dislike I dont like much or I really dislike Aims To entertain, inform and enthuse young people (Year 8 students) about forces, particles and electricity To provide coverage and enrichment of the appropriate parts of KS3 of the National Curriculum To encourage schoolchildren and their teachers to explore new ways of presenting scientific material To encourage collaboration between science and art teachers within schools Walker Art Gallery Visit Conrad Shawcross The Steady States Conrad Shawcross marries art and physics in his giant, loopy works The Observer one man pottering in a shed can daily demonstrate the eternal laws of the infinite universe Guardian

Workshop Exhibition and Awards Evening Picturing Physics Art Work 99 Participants 4 Schools Students Attitudes towards Science and Art Before Taking Part in the Project Science How do you feel about Science? P ercentage 100 60% Like Science 80 60 24% Neither like nor dislike . Science 40 20 0 I really like it I quite like it I neither like I don't like it it nor dislike much

it Percentage 100 I really dislike it 16% Dislike Science Art How do you feel about Art? 89% Like Art 80 60 7% Neither like nor dislike Art 40 4% Dislike Art 20 0 I really like it I quite like it I neither like I don't like it it nor dislike much it I really

dislike it Attitudes Towards the Project Please write down three words or sentences that describe the project for you. Fun 37 Innovative 5 Interesting 25 Too many questionnaires 3 Exciting 19 O.K. 3 Different 13 Team work 3

Educational 13 Better than school 2 Good 7 Boring at times 2 Enjoyable 7 Positive Comment 4 Creative 7 Inspiring 2 Superlative

6 Art Work 2 Funny 5 Art and Science 2 Student Learning To help you learn science or understand it better, how useful do you think it was to take part in the project? 100 76% Very Useful or Useful Percentage 80 60 24% Fairly Useful or Useless 40 20 0 Very useful

Useful Fairly Useful Useless Students Comments It brought science to life (Female) I was able to learn for myself in a fun way (Female) It is like seeing science (Female) It was more arty than science (Male) I already new about science that we used for the project (Female) Impact 100 I feel that combining Science and Art made Science 85% Much more or more interesting 80 60 14% Neither more interesting nor . more boring 40 20 2% Much more or more boring 0 Much more

interesting More interesting Neither more interesting nor more boring More boring Much more boring 100 Art 55% Much more or more interesting 33% Neither more interesting nor . more boring I feel that combining Science and Art made Art 80 Percentage Percentage Science 60 40 20 0

12% Much more or more boring Much more interesting More interesting Neither more interesting nor more boring More boring Much more boring Positive Change in Attitude No Sub Group 15 Fun 9 Enjoy art subject 7 Effective learning technique 7

Different 4 Hands on 2 None traditional 2 Fun whilst learning 2 Making and drawing 2 Different perspective 2 Like both subjects 2 A lot to do 1 Involvement

1 Creative 1 Colourful Effective Enjoyable Engaging Different it has definitely made me see science in a different point of view (female) No change in Attitude No Sub Group 1 Fun 1 One off 1 Different

1 Effective learning technique 1 Dislike art Teachers Comments Stimulated interest in Physics/Science with class Saw class in different environment/class setting Built stronger relationship with class Fun for staff and pupils Increased science understanding Produced interesting art works

Shown scientific ideas in different ways Drawbacks Time consuming Cost Hard to coordinate Science/Art lessons Time off timetable for gallery visit Time dedicated to project after school Science Journeys Communicating Science with Drama I feel that combining drama and science made science Percentage 100 Science 89% Much more or more interesting 80 60 8% Neither more interesting nor . more boring 40 20 0 Much more interesting More

interesting Neither more More boring interesting nor more boring Much more boring we can express how we feel about science and show each other what we know (Male) It is something different after all (Female) you get to see how and why things work (Male) drama makes things easier to understand (Female) Not just riting (Male) 4% Much more or more boring Positive Change in Attitude N Sub group 58 Fun 20 Fun whilst learning 20 No written work

19 Active 19 Effective learning technique 12 Involvement 9 Visual 9 Different 9 Enjoy drama 8 Not teacher-centred 6 Attention 4 Interaction

3 Remember 3 Like both subjects 2 A lot to do 2 Allowed to talk Effective Enjoyable Engaging Engaging Different No Change in Attitude No Sub group 3 Like science before

3 Science in workshop too easy 2 Science too difficult in general 1 Dont like either subject 1 Ineffective learning technique Negative Change in Attitude No Sub group 1 Science in workshop too easy 1 Nothing in common 2 Ineffective learning technique 1

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