Science-Art Education

Overview
"Being Human" is a peace-focused, cross-disciplined Science-art program adaptable for schools and community groups around the globe. By channeling the visceral power of visual representation, the program enables its participants to learn about science, themselves and people across the world, cultivates the imagination they need to innovate with the tools gained through traditional education and empowers them to teach others through their own artistic endeavors.

The cross-disciplined program serves as an educational tool that specifically counters our instinct to identify and separate into in and out groups, based primarily on sight and sound. Participation in the program both inspires more empathy toward those outside the circle of our familiars and quells the embers of violence stoked through prejudice, ignorance and fear.

In addition, as participants from different cultural, economic or social backgrounds pair up to complete and present their projects, they, and their audience, will gain a better understanding of these issues.

Benefits
This cross-discipline program encourages the development of

  • Project planning:
    as participants set out a plan of action for their project, from choosing the topic they will work on to their final presentation
  • Research skills (in person and on the internet):
    as participants search for in-depth information about their chosen topic
  • Scientific knowledge:
    as participants read through the list of Universal Human Commonalities and learn from their research about their chosen topic
  • Knowledge of community history and culture:
    as participants bring their own background to bear on their artworks and exchange ideas with their counterpart from another community/country
  • Artistic skills:
    as participants learn how to express abstract and concrete ideas through visual means
  • Cross-cultural communications:
    as each member of the paired participants share their research findings and work on the project with the other
  • Teamwork and collaborative techniques:
    as paired participants support each other in research and presentation of one another’s work
  • Resource sharing and management:
    as paired participants discover each other’s limitations (perhaps one member has ready internet access for research while the other one traditional libraries and community support) and overcome their respective obstacles
  • Writing and presentation skills:
    as each member of the pairs writes essays about the other’s work and makes final presentation of both her/his own project and that of the pair mate
  • Critical thinking and evaluation skills:
    as participants evaluate each other within the pair and for final presentations both numerically and qualitatively
  • Self discipline and autonomy:
    as participants progress their project on their own between periodic workshops throughout the duration of the program

Program outline
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