Far from formulaic
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.
Dancers Esta Perrone, Chelsea Pianto, Georgia Walker and Olivia Jason with (front) Law Collins, Willow Armitstead and Sasha Currie.
Dancers from left: Esta Perrone, Chelsea Pianto, Georgia Walker and Olivia Jason. Foreground: Law Collins, Sasha Currie and Willow Armitstead.