I was excited yesterday to commence work with Year 4 students at Wilston SS on a collaborative SciArt origami installation project exploring the interconnectedness of science and art and associated philosophical concepts.
Have you ever thought how careful, considered observation underpins both science and art? In doing science we are becoming astute observers, experimenters and analysts. In engaging in art we employ these same skills. In combining art and science, we further explore creative and innovative boundaries; different communication methods; broaden our general knowledge and deepen our levels of thinking.
I have a keen interest in the integration of maths, science, art and philosophy and in S.T.E.A.M. education (supporting the role of the ‘A’rts and thus creativity and innovation in S.T.E.M. subjects).
Through the project, we will integrate (at an age appropriate level): the physics of energy (specifically transverse waves); mathematics (the geometry in origami); and the philosophical concepts raised by the project (aesthetics, causality, creativity, knowledge, virtue and peace).
The children are creating 'lucky' origami stars and hearts which will form particles in a transverse wave. The ultimate installation will resemble a periodic function; a cross section of a wave. I will also discuss with the children, the 'ripple' effect in terms of kindness and peace. This concept sits well with Christmas, too and giving of ourselves, positively, to others.