Arts and Science are often regarded as different fields with no interplay between disciplines. However, there exists a rich interaction between the two that needs to be explored. Some of these interactions include scientific communication and how to utilize diverse artistic formats and emerging technologies to promote public science engagement. In the field of science, there is a huge unmet demand in communicating complex ideas effectively to the general public. Also promoting public science engagement that is creative and inclusive.
AIM: Nurture young science communicators and responsible citizen
There is increased efforts in practical science education amongst children and young adults, which is key to nurture a society that makes informed decisions. However there is less effort in equipping young people with the skills necessary to creatively communicate Science amongst their peers and community. Much effort has been placed on empowering researchers and early-mid science communicators. UTM and Inkspace Bureau partnered to create a Science-Arts program that aims to tackle this challenge.
The Science-Art Club integrates these two interdisciplinaries to:
i) promote science education that relates to day to day life
ii) nurture creative and artistic skills such as storytelling, filmmaking,sculpture, illustrations
iii) encourage children and young people to engage in science communication
iv) promote community engagement in scientific concepts
v) encourage citizen science project that tackle educational, health and environmental issues
This program will be led by the Creatives for Science which is a community of African creatives encouraging science to be creatively communicated using artistic and narrative skills.Nurturing sci-art practitioners at a young age as young people represent hope, innovation and prosperity.
Science topics in this program include pollution, climate change, non-communicable diseases , sexual and reproductive health.
Creative mediums include film, photography, music, poetry, theater.
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