The CASE Center has just been awarded with the coordination of a newly-funded EU Erasmus+ project in the focus area of school, creativity and innovation. The project name is “Creativity, Art and Science in Primary Education (CASE)”. This project will be realized within the European Commission’s “Strategic Partnership” program, and will implement trainings, conferences and school-based activities in the field of art/science. The 3-year project will be enacted in the following 5 countries: Norway, Greece, Holland, Lithuania and Ireland.
The Global Science Opera activities in China are led by Professor Hongfeng Guo at the Chinese National Astronomical Observatory in Beijing / Chinese Academy of Sciences. This year Hongfeng will be participating in Global Science Opera for the third year in a row. As part of the 2017 “Moon Village” opera production, she plans to engage Chinese school students in the preparation of an introductory art/science video inspired by international lunar research.
Masters student Janne Robberstad presents Moon Village the 2017 Global Science Opera (GSO) in a B2B meeting program accompanying the Paris International Air Show (19. – 25. June), where exchange of knowledge and experiences, in combination with the search for solutions in the aerospace sector, is in the foreground.
Robberstad has explored the integration of Eco-Scenography (sustainable theatre-design) into the framework of the Global Science Opera initiative. She has also conducted research regarding the design of Eco-Scenography workshops within a global educational context, and their impact on the creative process of school children. By conducting fieldwork in Norway, Japan and the US, she found that Eco-scenography acts as a bridge between the fields of science and arts, proposed principles for how Eco-scenography’s implementation in schools should be designed, and produced new knowledge regarding the character and qualities of creativity observed in that context.
The Global Science Opera is the first opera initiative in history to envision, create, produce and perform operas as a global community. It is an educational initiative. GSO exists at the meeting point of science and art, of pupils and scientists, of all human cultures, of research and practice. GSO’s 2017 production, “Moon Village”, will be performed around the world and streamed online: A year-long creative inquiry shared by schools, universities and art institutions around the planet, in 25 countries. It will communicate the process, science and technology of the European Space Agency’s Moon Village. “Moon Village” will be a cooperation with a network of institutions and these projects:
- Flagship Initiative of the European Commission’s Horizons 2020 Project CREATIONS.
- The European Commission’s Erasmus+ project SPACE.
- The Norwegian Research Council’s project iSCOPE.
Early June 2017 music employees of Kulturtanken’s (AYAN’s) associated organizations around Norway were gathered in Stjørdal near Trondheim. Project leader of DiSko, Kari Holdhus, had been invited to present the DiSko project with these professionals, mainly creative producers and administrators devoted to distributing concerts to schools in their respective regions. Presentations and discussions on the emergence of DiSko’s research with professionals within the field is one of DiSko’s project aims. This part of the project is called “Implementation and spread”, and aims at information, discussion, collaboration and communication with representatives of the researched practice in question.
The Arts and Education 2017 event is an interactive international seminar organized byKulturtanken – Arts for Young Audiences Norway and the DiSko project, CASE center. International keynotes and clinicians are Eric Booth, US, the founder of the Teaching Artist movement, professor Gert Biesta, UK, and professor Liora Bresler, US.
Masters student Jose Eduardo Garcia Aldama Pepe is studying at the Annimation Department of Volda University College (Norway). Pepe is currently working on animation films for the UH-nett Vest project ART@CREATIONS which will produce a series of music and animation artworks inspired by scientific themes related to the European Commission’s project, CREATIONS.
DigiSus is a bottom up competence project involving kindergartens in two municipalities, pre-service kindergarten teacher programmes and a research environment. The main objective of the project is to develop and establish a competence framework for kindergarten staff and teacher educators connected to evaluation and implementation of sustainable digital practices (SDPs) in kindergartens supporting playing and learning in literacy and arts practices.
Newer research findings suggest that small children’s use of mobile screen technologies may prevent the development of crucial pre-academic abilities such as self-regulation, empathy, social competence and problem solutions (Radesky, Schumacher & Zuckerman 2014). This critique suggest to us that the introduction of digital practices need to be less screen based and more balanced in order to deserve to persist and become sustainable in kindergarten environments for play and learning. The DigiSus project will introduce and explore a balanced environment for play and learning in kindergartens where non-screen based technology will be used along with existing screen based technologies in moveable experience labs, e.g in the shape of aesthetic interaction rooms (1- 3 years), and language exploration rooms (3-5 years). The interaction rooms will be designed in collaboration between kindergarten teachers and researchers and implemented in kindergartens.
The overall research design of the project is inspired by action and educational design research and is structured around four key research phases:
- Engage and analyze
- Design and enact
- Evaluate and validate
- Spread and implement.
Research processes and phases will all lead up to knowledge as competence agency connected to actional thinking and research based decisions.
Funding: Norwegian Research council (NFR)
- Project leader: Professor Knut Steinar Engelsen
- Assistant project leader: Assistant professor Ingrid Grønsdal
- Principal investigator: Professor Magne Espeland
The UK Global Science Opera school Premier Academy is shortlisted for International Award in the prestigious TES Schools Awards 2017, sponsored by the British Council, for the school’s work with GSO. In June, music educator Jonathan Harris will travel to the House of Commons in London to discuss GSO with several MPs and attend the awards ceremony.
In the project “School and concert – from transmission to dialogue”, fieldwork has started. This first half year is dedicated to analysis and exploration of four different school contexts, and a “field portrait” of each school will be constructed on basis of interviews, observation, conversations, focus groups, document/curriculum analysis and literature reviews. The researchers are aiming at picturing the school as an environment for site-specific partnership collaborations in music. What are the schools’ needs when visiting musicians enter school, which strengths weaknesses, opportunities and threats towards ownership and site-specificity is there in the different schools?
Master students and researchers from within the fields of marine biology, astrophysics, and creative and esthetic learning processes from Univ. of California Berkeley, Concordia University, University of Bergen and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences met in Berkeley for a week-long seminar held by the Norwegian Research Council’s project, iSCOPE. The iSCOPE project is designed as a bridge between successful science education methodologies, including ones which are supported by arts education, and the goals which UiB (BIO) aims to reach. Excellence in biology education will be evaluated and enhanced with world-class excellence from physics.
The goals were a) to experiment and develop didactic elements based in the arts and science, so as to further develop the course Biological Data Analysis and Research Design (BIO300) at the University of Bergen, and b) to negotiate the challenges within inter-disciplinary work of this kind as the project begins authoring a series of three publications.
The program was varied and eclectic. An Eco-Scenography at the MITAcademy school (whose Astronomy club is creating a scene for this year’s Global Science Opera) led by Master students from Stord, a a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and Monterey Bay Aquarium, and a Science Communication workshop led by Concordia University Master student introduced the participants to new perspectives. An inspirational session with Heavy Metal band Cardinal Wyrm about music as a mechanism in science dissemination, and presentations of research about the Global Science Opera by colleagues from Stord, Norway and Montreal, Canada, were also on the program, as well as much more.
Creativities, Arts and Science in Education (CASE)
Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
N- 5020 Bergen, Norway