For the Love of Art and Science

For the Love of Art - Jane Waterfall For the Love of Art and Science Science although complex is not indescribable People can express it

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Jane Waterfall 5/11/2009 For the Love of Art and Science Science although complex, is not indescribable. People can express it differently based on their experience with the subject. But for me it’s creation and destruction. Science is explaining why no two snowflakes are the same or hypothesizing when the sun might supernova. We experience it every day, but as a general trend, the American public knows little of why ice melts quicker when sprinkled with salt or what causes dried corn to explode when heated. Science is rarely given emphasis in our literacy focused schools, and teachers are sacrificing an ideal opportunity not only to incite an excitement in science, but learning as well. The subject is an outlet for creativity, inquisition, and cooperative thinking. But because ideas about science vary, my class wanted to understand the different ways students view the subject and the variations individuals come up with when asked to draw science. When I was invited to draw a picture of a scientist, the first image that popped into my mind is the stereotypical nerdy, gray haired man in spectacles, but given my enriched experiences with science, I drew a female superhero in a lab coat dress. I have fortunately been taught that being interested in science is not limited to a specific race, gender, or socioeconomic level. But I was interested to see what Lance Lieberman’s third grade class would perceive as science and I was surprised and thrilled to view their creative visions. I prepped the students by telling them that there was no right answer and I was most interested in seeing their personal concepts of what science is to them. I stressed that I did not want to know what science was to their neighbor and that 1
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Jane Waterfall 5/11/2009 they could use any color to draw their ideas. But even after this mini speech, the students still asked questions like, “I want to draw a tornado, is that science?” and “is it ok to draw a lab?” Several students even asked the same question as
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For the Love of Art - Jane Waterfall For the Love of Art and Science Science although complex is not indescribable People can express it

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