Stu­dents throw light on dance

Melville Times - - News - Leah Roberts

COM­BIN­ING dance with sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing, and math­e­mat­ics (Stem) is just a nor­mal day for Year 10 stu­dents at John Curtin Col­lege of the Arts.

The stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in guided work­shops on cod­ing and how to pro­gram lights that re­spond to ei­ther sound or move­ment at Curtin Uni­ver­sity.

Sci­ence teacher and sci­ence Stem out­reach of­fi­cer Peta Scorer said both arts and Stem sub­jects used higher order think­ing skills.

“Many peo­ple think you can only be good at one or the other; in fact, many sci­en­tist and math­e­ma­ti­cians have been great artists and vice versa,” she said.

“Dance and chorog­ra­phy uses pure ge­om­e­try and is driven by phys­i­cal laws.”

Ms Scorer said stu­dents pro­grammed lights to re­flect the colours and speeds they pre­fer to com­ple­ment their move­ment.

“The stu­dents then cre­ated a short dance that was pre­sented and per­formed with their lights,” she said.

Dance co-or­di­na­tor Judy Hen­drickse said she hoped stu­dents felt more com­fort­able en­gag­ing in Stem con­cepts.

“Both Stem and dance is about find­ing new so­lu­tions, new pos­si­bil­i­ties and creat­ing some­thing that has not ex­isted prior, as well as build­ing con­fi­dence to find their own motivation to pur­sue knowl­edge,” she said.

“At the mo­ment dance stu­dents are work­ing on a dance pro­duc­tion ti­tled Cos­mos, which ex­plores the the­o­ries re­lat­ing to the uni­verse.”

Year 10 stu­dents said it had re­ally made them think about the dif­fer­ent ways they could use cod­ing.

Esta Per­rone said both ar­eas had dif­fer­ent things to of­fer. She said they of­ten been thought of as op­po­sites but they fit to­gether well.

“I learnt that cod­ing isn’t just num­bers and it is more ac­ces­si­ble than we think. Com­bin­ing this with dance is new, modern and mov­ing with the times,” she said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d485738

Dancers Esta Per­rone, Chelsea Pianto, Ge­or­gia Walker and Olivia Ja­son with Law Collins, Wil­low Ar­mit­stead and Sasha Currie.

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