Navigation Links
New programs draws young artists into science
Date:11/16/2012

Fairbanks, AlaskaArtists and scientists often share a common goal: making the invisible visible. Yet artistically talented students, especially girls, often shy away from scientific careers. A new four-year, $1.2 million program led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks blends the art, biology and physics of color into a series of summer academies, science cafs and activity kits designed to inspire art-interested students to enter careers in science.

"Research suggests that girls who gravitate toward art often have strong visual-spatial abilities that would serve them well in science careers," said Laura Conner, project leader and director of outreach for the UAF College of Natural Science and Mathematics. "If you can connect them to science at an age when their own larger identity is developing, it's more likely that their interest in science will continue through life."

The program, Project STEAM: Integrating art with science to build science identities among girls, is a collaboration among Conner, a biologist, an astronomer and optics education expert at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucson, an education researcher at the University of Washington, Bothell and a curator-artist at the UA Museum of the North.

"Art and science both require passion, judgment, creativity and a willingness to understand previous ways of doing something as a basis for innovation," said Stephen Pompea from NOAO.

Conner and her collaborators will offer two-week, nonresidential summer academies and a series of science cafs in both Fairbanks and Tucson, Ariz., each year from 2013 to 2016.

"During the Colors of Nature academies we will explore color from the macro to the nano scale," said Conner. "The girls might start with a butterfly something at the macro scale and investigate why it has the colors it does. At the micro scale, we would look at the scales on butterfly wings to see how the colors are formed and experiment with mixing pigments and painting. At the nanoscale we would investigate technological applications and create nanostructures that interact with light and create varied colors."

The STEAM cafs will be informal and highly interactive events featuring female scientists whose research blends art and science. While the program's target audience is sixth to eighth graders, parents, teachers, youth leaders and the public are encouraged to come to the free presentations. "Parents who meet women in creative, rewarding scientific careers are more likely to encourage their daughters to enter science," Conner said.

Project leaders estimate they will reach 220 girls through the summer academies, 120 teachers through professional development workshops, 10,000 K-12 students through kits the project is developing and more than 6,000 parents, girls and other community members through the science cafs.


'/>"/>

Contact: Marie Thoms
methoms@alaska.edu
907-474-7412
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. NPointer from Neurotechnology Uses Hand Gestures to Control and Navigate Computer Programs Without a Mouse or Touchpad
2. NSBRI renews space life sciences graduate programs at MIT, Texas A&M
3. Report: Captive lion reintroduction programs in Africa operate under conservation myth
4. Research: Many programs to help diabetics manage their health do work
5. DFG establishes 10 new priority programs
6. SACLA draws acclaim for unique XFEL design
7. Top 10 new species list draws attention to diverse biosphere
8. Young gamers offer insight to teaching new physicians robotic surgery
9. Omega-3 intake heightens working memory in healthy young adults
10. 2013 Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Awards announced
11. Can videogaming benefit young people with autism spectrum disorder?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
New programs draws young artists into science
(Date:12/12/2016)... , Dec. 12, 2016  Researchers at Trinity ... for graphene by combining the material with Silly ... sensitive pressure detector able to sense pulse, blood ... small spider.  The research team,s ... be read here:  http://science.sciencemag.org/content/354/6317/1257 ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , Dec. 8, 2016  Singulex, Inc., the leader ... technology, entered into a license and supply agreement with ... The agreement provides Singulex access to Thermo Scientific BRAHMS ... is used to diagnose systemic bacterial infection ... to aid in assessing the risk of ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... BioCatch , the global leader in behavioral ... which grew to over 40 granted and pending patents. ... , , The Company,s ... " System, Device, and Method Estimating Force Applied to a Touch ... forego costly hardware components needed to estimate the force and pressure applied ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/24/2017)...   Instrument Business Outlook ( IBO ... ) the 2016 Company of the Year. ... tracking developments in the analytical and life science ... achieved outstanding technical, operational and financial results throughout ... IBO. "In 2016, Bio-Techne capitalized on opportunities in ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... 2017  Spherix Incorporated (Nasdaq: SPEX ) ... of technology and monetization of intellectual property, today provided ... Anthony Hayes , Chief Executive Officer of ... to communicate with shareholders about the status of existing ... on other patent assets that fit with our current ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... PA (PRWEB) , ... January 23, 2017 , ... ... Thomas has been appointed Vice President, Preclinical Safety and Senior Director, Safety Pharmacology. ... of Madras in India. , Dr. Thomas’ career as an academic and ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... G&L Scientific Inc, a ... ( http://www.gandlscientific.com ), has announced the opening of new offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts, ... and contractors. This is the latest step in G&L’s expansion of its global ...
Breaking Biology Technology: