Far from for­mu­laic

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Leah Roberts

Com­bin­ing sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics with dance is what the stu­dents at John Curtin Col­lege of the Arts have been do­ing. Stu­dents at­tended a work­shop at Curtin Uni­ver­sity as part of Sci­ence Week.

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 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,” she said.

“In fact, many sci­en­tist and math­e­ma­ti­cians have been great artists and vicev­ersa.

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

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

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

Dance co-or­di­na­tor Judy Hen­drickse said she hoped stu­dents feel 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,” she said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d485738

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

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d485738

Dancers from left: Esta Per­rone, Chelsea Pianto, Ge­or­gia Walker and Olivia Ja­son. Fore­ground: Law Collins, Sasha Currie and Wil­low Ar­mit­stead.

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