The Art of Science
Viewing science through the lens of the Arts
Utilizing the right brain to create connections / build foundation for understanding

Art vs. Science
Both of these fields overlap many of the same ideals, specifically:

  • Hypothesizing
    • Brainstorming ideas for how things work
    • Scaffolding prior knowledge to new endeavors
    • Thoughts unique to individuals
  • Experimenting
    • Trial and error - keep testing your theories
    • Repeatable outcomes/observations
    • It's OK TO BE WRONG!!!
  • Critical Thinking
    • Viewing items from different angles
    • Think "outside the box"
    • Problem solving
  • Discovery
    • The ultimate goal - leads to greater understanding (Think: John Dewey)
    • Those "ah-ha" moments

Science is Always Evolving:
One of the main misconceptions that students have with science is that all information should be spoon-fed to them because it is "Matter-of-Fact." This is not the case - science is constantly evolving/changing.
Examples: laws of thermodynamics (only 180 years old), DNA (1950s), Computers/Internet (last 40 years)

Students, and most people in general, take for granted the fact that these things and think of them as merely facts to know. But science is all about
discovery.

If You're Wrong, You're Doing Something Right!
Discovery takes time, it is not an overnight process. Students must learn this!
People must learn from their mistakes: this allows for greater understanding and discovery of new information that was not available before.
What is more important: the process or the result?

The Tie-in To the Arts
We are preparing students to become 21st century thinkers.
They are going to have to find answers to questions not yet asked.
It's not merely enough to be an analytical thinker anymore. We must now be creative thinkers.
The Arts utilize the
same ideals as science, but with the added benefit of right-brain thinking.


Presentation Ideas:

  • Demonstrate how the ideals of science and art are closely related
  • Allow for more student inquiry and discovery in the classroom
  • Collaborative projects involving the ideals of science and art, not "Art for art's sake"
  • My projects to present: Designing Their own Experiment, Media piece for periodic table
  • Focus point: More Student Centered Learning based around their Experiences, not factual information