We describe a project in which we use art as a medium to teach science and technology to the general public. In July 2005, the Franklin Institute, the premier science museum in the U.S. city of Philadelphia, opened a new exhibition hall cleverly named Sir Isaac’s Loft (referring to Sir Isaac Newton), featuring hands-on demonstrations of physics created in collaboration with artists. To inaugurate the space, the Institute commissioned artists to participate in a Sci/Art Jam. The event was a remarkably successful and innovative example of education on technology through the arts. This paper describes this particular example of science outreach through the arts, and places our example in the wider context, urging its more general use. We cite examples in university and K-12 education, and in informal science settings such as museums.

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Art about science
An innovative use of art and technology for science education

Adrienne Klein   Science & the Arts, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, New York, NY, USA

J. Douglass Klein   Center for Converging Technologies, Union College, Schenectady, NY, USA

We describe a project in which we use art as a medium to teach science and technology to the general public. In July 2005, the Franklin Institute, the premier science museum in the U.S. city of Philadelphia, opened a new exhibition hall cleverly named Sir Isaac’s Loft (referring to Sir Isaac Newton), featuring hands-on demonstrations of physics created in collaboration with artists. To inaugurate the space, the Institute commissioned artists to participate in a Sci/Art Jam. The event was a remarkably successful and innovative example of education on technology through the arts. This paper describes this particular example of science outreach through the arts, and places our example in the wider context, urging its more general use. We cite examples in university and K-12 education, and in informal science settings such as museums.

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