One but Not the Same: Non-Science Art in Science Education
This white paper describes outcomes from a conference about using non-science art in science education. Art and science are often combined for entertainment, education (STEAM) and inspirational value. However, in almost all cases the art is science-themed (scientific visualizations, science-inspired art, art about scientific topics, etc.). This conference asks the question “what about art for arts-sake?”. That is, what is the impact of non-scientific art in science education? Can non-science themed art be used to broaden perspectives about science? Can it cue people to think about science more and differently? The conference, held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago with support from the National Science Foundation, assembled artists, art educators, education researchers and scientists to discuss the potential of these topics and ways to study them.
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