The art of sci­ence

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE - Re­port, page 4

THE arts and sci­ence ex­plore ideas of prob­lem solv­ing and crit­i­cal think­ing. John Curtin Col­lege Dance co-or­di­na­tor Judy Hen­drickse ex­plored this no­tion with stu­dents in a guided work­shop at Curtin Univer­sity.

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 will par­tic­i­pate in a guided work­shop on cod­ing and how to pro­gram lights that re­spond to ei­ther sound or move­ment at Curtin Univer­sity.

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

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

Ms Scorer said the stu­dents pro­grammed lights to re­flect the colours and the speeds that they would pre­fer to have com­ple­ment their move­ments.

Year 10 stu­dent Esta Per­rone said dance and sci­ence had al­ways been por­trayed as op­po­sites.

“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 Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d485738

Year 10 stu­dents Law Collins, Sasha Cur­rie and Wil­low Ar­mit­stead out front of Esta Per­rone, Chelsea Pianto, Ge­or­gia Walker and Olivia Ja­son.

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