LEARNING SCIENCE THROUGH THEATER
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In the context of the activity, students will implement a theatrical performance related to scientific concepts and will learn science in a creative way. The specific objectives of the activity, which have as a central axis the interdisciplinary interconnection of science with aspects of art, aiming at the enhancement of students' interest in science, involve both students and teachers. More specifically, through this activity, students will comprehend scientific concepts and phenomena, develop a spirit of cooperation and teamwork, will actively participate in the negotiation of scientific concepts and they will develop creative and critical thinking skills. Also by participating in dissemination activities and entrepreneurial actions for the promotion and support of their theatrical performance, they will contribute in further bridging school with society and at personal level developing their social and entrepreneurial skills. Teachers will be engaged in professional development procedures through their cooperation and the exchange of opinions, ideas and teaching material (either in person or through online learning communities). Finally, one of the main aims of the activity is to motivate more and more teachers and students and create an educational community that will cooperate, exchange opinions, material and best practices for science teaching and learning, that will continue after the implementation of the action.

 

Learning Objectives

 

The main aim of the Learning Science Through Theatre (LSTT) approach is to give the opportunity to
primary and high school students to stage a play and dramatize scientific concepts and knowledge
from the material being taught in schools.

The LSTT’s domain specific objectives are to:

  • Get students interested in science and research through theatrical play
  • Teach students how to develop a theatrical script, relevant to a scientific topic
  • Initiate the development of a theatrical performance by students, regarding a scientific topic
  • Initiate contact between students and other professionals (for example directors and musicians)
  • Bring schools closer to local community
  • Engage parents and the general public into schools’ happenings and events
  • Build National‐wide student networks
  • Open the school to the community and involve all the stakeholders.

Towards attaining these objectives, peripheral aims are formed addressing students’ needs to:

  • develop understanding about scientific inquiry
  • develop abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
  • identify questions and concepts that guide scientific investigations
  • design and conduct theatrical scripts relevant to scientific concepts and issues
  • use technology to improve investigations, communications and the development of theatrical
  • performances and videos
  • formulate and revise scientific scripts exploiting creativity and imagination
  • recognize, analyze and imagine alternative explanations and models
  • communicate a scientific argument or issue in a creative way
  • develop lifelong learning skills
  • develop attitudes befitting a scientific ethos
  • link with science and society in a personal context


The LSTT aims at the enhancement of the students’ cognitive involvement, their representation of
scientific content using their cognitive processes, the students’ involvement using their bodies or
gestures, their emotional involvement, the social interaction and communication between them, the
use of past experiences and the creation of new ones based on sociopolitical and historical
framework and on beliefs and behaviors, their brain, body and emotion coordination and finally the
holistic use of their personality and their motives. As a result, students manage to constructively
build on each other’s ideas, enhance their learning of scientific concepts, co‐create and perform
theatrical plays.

Available partnership opportunities

Here are some partnership opportunities you should consider in your development:

Parents Supporting, as externals, the students performances in the various
steps that will follow, either by offering their expertise if relative to
the thematics/scenery demands or by personally attending the final
events to cheer the effort.
Local businesses Contribute by offering assets (either financial or in other material
forms needed)
Local authorities Supporting the whole process and disseminating the project to the
local community for raising the awareness and contribute to the
search for financial support
NGOs Contribute by supporting with specific activities, e.g. Art NGO by
providing artists, Science NGO by providing researcher.
Artists Professional artists will have the chance to support the development
and the staging of the play thus apprenticing the young students to
the artistic aspects of the chosen thematic
Researches Researchers are entrusted to spark the youngs’ excitement in the
chosen scientific concept. Furthermore they will ensure the validness
of the scientific elements of the play and offer valuable help to the
development of the script
Research institutes Will offer a place for informal education that is complementary
needed and targeted to the success of the performance. Will also
engage students in the inquiry processes of researching.

Recommended resources

There are no financial resources needed actually. Students will develop all the needed costumes, scenery etc. If they need financial contribution they could have the support of the local authorities and/or businesses as it was already support them in the last years (since 2014). For human resources, teachers usually realise this activity during their lessons or 2 extra hours per week for at least 8 weeks. This is usually within their project based activities. Communication with professionals will be realized in person at schools, but also online. They will need an internet connect to connect with the organisers in specific time‐frames for the support, PCs to prepare any possible presentation that they would like to involved in the performance.

 

Organization in charge of this Accelerator

Science View logoThis Accelerator has been developed by Science View .

Menelaos Sotiriou[email protected]

Science View, 2 Missaliotou & Veikou, 11742, Athens
info[@]scienceview.gr
http://www.scienceview.gr/
 

Keywords: Science, Arts, Theater, Learning, Education, Inquiry, Creativity, Ethics, Culture Exchange, Gender Equality, Research Integrity
Learning Objectives: • Get students interested in science and research through theatrical play • Teach students how to develop a theatrical script, relevant to a scientific topic • Initiate the development of a theatrical performance by students, regarding a scientific topic
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Languages: English
Students age group: 9 - 12, 12 - 15, 15 - 18
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# of students participating: 0
Published on: 15.03.2018

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