One Ocean – Global Science Opera premiere on the 12th of December 2018

Did you know the ocean produces half the oxygen you breathe? That 95% of the ocean is yet to be discovered? That the ocean-floor beneath the Arctic ice is crawling with life? Join Sophia, Mo and their friends around the globe in discovering the secrets of the ocean

The Global Science Opera (GSO) exists at the meeting point of science and art, of pupils and scientists, of all human cultures. It is a global creative education initiative made possible through digital interactions and live-streaming.

In GSO 2018, students from primary schools to universities, scientists, teachers, and artists from over 20 countries join hands in this creative quest to learn about the ocean, sustainability and climate change. They create and perform simultaneously on the world-wide stage of the internet.

Click to view the One Ocean premier on December 12th at 2PM EMT!

The One Ocean concept was developed in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute for Marine Research and the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR). For more information:

DiSko project: Circle 2 kick off seminar

For 2 days 30 participants and researchers in the the DiSko project have been sharing, discussing and planning project activities at Jeløy, Moss. Circle 1 participants from 4 primary schools in Western Norway shared findings and results with the upcoming Circle 2 participants consisting of teachers and musicians from 3 secondary schools and one primary school in Eastern Norway. The main focus in the project is to plan and implement school concerts aiming at all participants’ joint ownership to concert visits, – pupils, artists as well as teachers and others.

DiSko’s development of concert ‘pilots’ and prototypes were discussed, the idea being that Circle 2 activities learn from Circle 1 activities and thus provide a stronger platform and experience based development for the presentation of research based findings when the DiSko project is completed in 2020. Circle 1 presentations, a social dinner and discussions in mixed groups dominated the first day whereas the second day included discussions about innovation possibilities for Cirlce 2 and more introductory detailed planning.

The project owner is  Kulturtanken (Arts for Young Audiences Norway)

Design of the DigiSus aesthetic and digital experience rooms

Five DigiSus researchers and four project participants from kindergartens in Stord and Tysnes has been in New York on a DigSus working seminar to extend and elaborate on the co-operation with professor Alex Ruthman and his contacts at New York University and beyond. The seminar included elaboration on the design of the DigiSus aesthetic and digital experience rooms and a number of presentations from the DigiSus project for students and staff at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Presentations included:

Ingrid A. R. Grønsdal: DigiSus: A competence project for Building Sustainable Digital Practices in Kindergarten Literacy and Arts Programmes

Vigdis Vangsnes: Researching possible pedagogical positions when introducing digital technologies in early childhood education

Liv Ingrid Fjellanger: Introduction to pedagogies influencing Norway’s Kindergarten Teacher Education

Katrine Borgenvik: Investigating coding in Scratch for projecting children’s own drawings in sensory rooms

Ingrid A. R. Grønsdal, Martin Stensaker Rio, Maren Tislevoll Odland, Mariann Lie Helland, Ingrid Dalland Raa: Kindergarten practitioner reports: Making magic with Makey Makey,- possibilities and challenges when working with young children


Visits were also made to NYUs department at ‘Magnet’ in Brooklyn ( ), to Childrens museum of Art ( Tribecca Portofolio School ( and Tribeca Community School (, which both build on a Reggio Emilia philosophy. One full day was used for the DigiSus group to connect with Tufts University ( ), and Marina Beers who is know for her co-creation of the internationally well known Scratch tool Jr ( in cooperation with Mitch Resnick at MIT Media Lab and Paula Bonta, from PICO. The rest of the program included a visit to Lifelong Kindergarten Lab and Eric Rosenbaum who has developed the Makey Makey tool, which has a central role in the DigiSus project, and a visit to Boston Children Museum.


CASE researchers present recent findings at ECER 2018

Inclusion and Exclusion, Resources for Educational Research?’ was the theme at ECER 2018 conference in Bolzano in early September. Within the framework Educational Design Research (EDR), innovation in in educational practices is explored in several of the CASE-center’s projects. Researcher from CASE presented their results in four papers at the session Researching for Responsible and Innovative Practices in Education: Perspectives on inclusivity/exclusivity and methodological challenges, chaired by Associate Professor Kari Holdhus. Some of the central questions asked and discussed where: How to develop research based and inclusive school concert practices? What characterizes creativity in the Write a Science Opera (WASO) context, and what do such characteristics imply for the design of WASO as a creative learning environment?


First artwork by ART@CREATIONS – «The Big Bang», is now online

The UH nettVest project ART@CREATIONS is a concept and network of artists in dialogue with the European Commission’s Horizon2020 project, “Developing an Engaging Science Classroom (CREATIONS)”.

ART@CREATIONS recently completed its first artwork inspired by The Big Bang and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan’s MITAKA software’s depictions of the Universe.


  • Oded Ben-Horin (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences) – lyrics, music arrangement, production
  • Hagit Yakira – choreographer and video director
  • Kiraly St. Claire – editor and filmography
  • Bettina Smith (University of Stavanger) – mezzosoprano
  • Petros Stergiopoulos (Ellinogermaniki Agogi) – flute
  • Tor Yttredal (University of Stavanger) – saxophone
  • Einar Røttingen (University of Bergen) – piano
  • Frode Hammersland (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences) – bass
  • Stein Inge Brækhus (University Of Stavanger) – drums, percussion, recording, mix
  • Dance students of the University of Stavanger
  • Jakub Niedziela (student at the University of Stavanger) – bass
  • Maria Karpinets (student at the University of Stavanger) – oboe
  • Jose Eduardo Garcia Aldama Pepe (student at Volda University College) – animation
  • NordLight Studios – Filming of dancers
  • National Astronomical Observatory of Japan Professor Agata – MITAKA Software
  • The music performed is an arrangement of the Prelude in C Major (Well Tempered Clavier) by J. S. Bach


DiSko project report – recommendations for further development

The DiSko project, or rather School and concert – from transmission to dialogue has delivered its third project report, Production report 1, to the project owner Arts for Young Audiences Norway (AYAN) . In the DiSko project, researchers and participants discuss, plan and implement school concerts aiming at all participants’ joint ownership to concert visits, – pupils, artists as well as teachers and other.

The newly published third report is one of a series of process reports from the project, the first being about project intentions and the second describing State of the Art in Schools. The series of project reports are a part of the DiSko project’s implementation strategy, which aims at communicating processes and results continuously.

The report is based on data in the shape of observation notes, films, pictures, recordings etc. and analyses and reflects on these data and project events during autumn 2017 at the different schools taking part. This semester was the first intervention semester with activities in schools. The report accounts for activities at project schools during the semester, followed by researchers’ analysis and recommendations for further development concerning each project school’s project work.

DiSko aims at a development towards concert ‘pilots’ and prototypes which can serve as models for the development of dialogic school concerts which are grounded in co-operation between schools, musicians and producers.

Read full report (in Norwegian)

GSO-workshops on sustainable design in education

As part of further development of the Global Science Opera (GSO), PhD-candidate Janne Robberstad recently traveled to South-America. In Brazil she visited The 11th International Meeting of Astronomy and Astronautics to talk about the GSO and how to integrate an holistic sustainability-thought into the educational project. There was also time to visit one of the schools who participate in the GSO, and eager students engaged in a workshop in sustainable props-design.

Next stop was Chile. Here Janne met the girls whom each year dance in the GSO, and lead three separate workshops in sustainable costume-design.  This year they will be mermaids and jelly-fish, and they were brainstorming how to include the ocean plastic pollution into the scenario. It was a great trip Janne says. One of the Brazilian teachers described it this way: “It is an acknowledgement for us to have a visit from Europe, first now the students really understand that they have been part of a global collaboration, that someone from another country has seen their performance.”

Erasmus+ Conference and Workshop at Bømlo

The Erasmus+ project “Creativity, Art and Science in Primary Education (CASE)” held a national conference and workshop for Norwegian teachers in the municipality of Bømlo on Friday, March 16th. During the event, HVL researchers in both science and arts education introduced participants to the CASE approach. The 25 participants, most of whom were primary school teachers, gained practical experience and an understanding for the potentials and strategies of bringing together science and art in a creative way, thus supporting their teaching skills in an innovative field. The scientific inspiration for the event was Ocean Literacy.

The event was hosted by Gilje School in collaboration with “Forum for Oppvekst i Sunnhordaland”. The HVL trainers were Yuko Kamisaka, Janne Robberstad and Oded Ben-Horin.


First DiSko findings seminar: Reports and preliminary results discussed with project participants

Twenty project participants, researchers and other stakeholders gathered for a 2-days seminar in early January to discuss their work and experiences in the first phase of the DiSko project

Teachers from participating schools, AYAN (project owner), researchers and musicians discussed results and findings from the first year of the DiSko project.

DiSko is an innovation project funded by the National Research Council, intending to innovate school concert practices produced and implemented nationally by Arts for Young Audiences Norway (AYAN) and regional partners in Norway. The goal of the project is to develop dialogic school concert practices through research based innovation procedures in order to respond to challenges connected to school ownership and school integration.

The first Status report “Tilstandsrapport 1, 2017, by Kari Holdhus and Magne Espeland” (in Norwegian) is published and available . “The project has come a long way towards piloting sustainable models/prototypes for production and distribution of school concerts and other art experiences for pupils were all groups involved in this work (teachers, musicians, pupils and producers) grow ownership to the productions”, says Holdhus. This first report focuses on a description of what kind of institutional conditions and participant attitudes which needs to be in place to evoke and build this kind of relations and partnerships between schools and artists.

The first cycle of DiSko continues throughout 2018. In the second cycle of the project, which starts early autumn 2018, 4 new schools from eastern Norway will enter the DiSko project

Two master students and a PhD student from the Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences are linked to the project, thus linking the project to research and teacher education.

“Moon Village”: A Global Science Opera – World Premiere on Dec. 13th, 2017

Global Science Opera (GSO) is the first opera initiative in history to create, produce and perform operas as a global community. In 2017, GSO is inspired by the European Space Agency’s Moon Village vision. The opera “Moon Village” will premiere worldwide on December 13th, 2017.

The opera “Moon Village” is being created by schools, universities and art institutions in 27 countries in all the inhabited continents: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, USA, Wales and Zambia. The opera will include live streaming from European Space Agency’s Research & Technology Center (ESTEC) in Holland. The opera “Moon Village” is about human society on the future Moon Village.

It is the story of Sofia, the first of many children born in space, and the first creative school on the Moon. It is the story of what happens when the first moon generation learns about challenges here on Earth.

View the opera  online on Dec. 13th, 2017 at 14:00 GMT / 14:00 UTC / 15:00 CET

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