Science meets Arts
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A co-operation between members of the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) and of the museum Albertinum in Dresden opens a way to increase the interest for physics and natural sciences among pupil by interdisciplinary education in the museum as an out-of-school learning location.
The project “Science meets Arts - Experience inspires!” (NaKuP) was initiated by the chairs of physics education and of chemistry education at the TU Dresden and the museum educational service of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.
A central motivation of the NaKuP project was to win young people, in particular girls, for physics and chemistry by utilising their well-known interest and preference to fine arts. Additionally, in the frame of NaKuP the competencies of teacher students should be developed for the planning and realisation of their own concepts for an interdisciplinary teaching at schools.
The main activity was directed to the preparation of one-day-courses for pupil where they learn to apply their natural scientific knowledge to problems in an apparently unusual field: in the museum Albertinum where extremely precious objets d'art are treasured.
The courses were developed by project staff as well as by teacher students (20 students from the Department of Physics and 15 from the Department of Chemistry of the Faculty of Science) during optional seminars offered to all teacher students at TU Dresden. Altogether 17 course concepts came out after a series of lectures and visits in the exhibition spaces as well as in the workshops and service rooms of the Albertinum.
As for example, during the one-day-courses the pupil have to assign a drawing to an epoch by chemical analysis of pigments, they have to prepare ideas to guarantee for the climatic safety of a touring artwork by measuring and regulating parameters of the environment or, they have to find out the correlation between illumination and colour effects of a painting.
In a first run, the courses were successfully tested by 518 girls and boys from Saxon schools. All participants came to the conclusion that for the realisation of the NaKuP concept not only great initiative, commitment and extra time are needed, but the combination of different disciplines in the interdisciplinary courses is scientifically challenging for teacher students, academic staff and pupils as well.
After completing the courses the pupils were asked about the quality and impacts. Indeed the data of the evaluation give hints that NaKuP opens an opportunity to increase the interest of girls in science by their higher emotional interest in the topics compared with boys.
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This project was supported by ESF.