A Creative Approach to Science Communication and Education: (How Science Theatre And Creativity Has Influenced A Variety Of Projects In Science Education And Engagement.

Steve Mesure has been writing creative science communication and developing a variety of techniques and applications for 17 years. Recent work, which emphasises the importance of encouraging the presenter to become more creative, can be applied equally to science education and public communication.

The emergence of creative science engagement can be seen through the use of science theatre and theatrical techniques. The presentation will cover the development of Floating Point Science Theatre over the last 16 years, how it continues to promote and teach science to over 1½ million children and 7,000 schools. Steve will then look at some of the other new creative applications of science theatre which have arisen from this work and a range of other, more recent initiatives that focus on developing creativity in science education and public awareness.

He will look at the benefits of using the visual arts, (physical theatre in particular), story telling, characterisation, emotions, crossing disciplines and above all, creativity. Exploitation of these intelligences can make science accessible to those who were turned off by it, and be inspirational to many who haven’t seen it’s opportunities.

Specifically Steve will talk about the pilot ‘Creative Science Teaching Lab’ and its outcomes, and some forum theatre work arising from a project at the University of Liverpool.

The success of these projects suggests that science communication as a whole can benefit from creative thinking.

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A creative approach to science communication and education

Steve Mesure   The Creative Science Consultancy

A Creative Approach to Science Communication and Education: (How Science Theatre And Creativity Has Influenced A Variety Of Projects In Science Education And Engagement.

Steve Mesure has been writing creative science communication and developing a variety of techniques and applications for 17 years. Recent work, which emphasises the importance of encouraging the presenter to become more creative, can be applied equally to science education and public communication.

The emergence of creative science engagement can be seen through the use of science theatre and theatrical techniques. The presentation will cover the development of Floating Point Science Theatre over the last 16 years, how it continues to promote and teach science to over 1½ million children and 7,000 schools. Steve will then look at some of the other new creative applications of science theatre which have arisen from this work and a range of other, more recent initiatives that focus on developing creativity in science education and public awareness.

He will look at the benefits of using the visual arts, (physical theatre in particular), story telling, characterisation, emotions, crossing disciplines and above all, creativity. Exploitation of these intelligences can make science accessible to those who were turned off by it, and be inspirational to many who haven’t seen it’s opportunities.

Specifically Steve will talk about the pilot ‘Creative Science Teaching Lab’ and its outcomes, and some forum theatre work arising from a project at the University of Liverpool.

The success of these projects suggests that science communication as a whole can benefit from creative thinking.

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