Learning Science through Theater

Published: 25/09/2014

.stPupils stage a play and learn science in a creative way, in a Greek project that is based on the pedagogical framework developed by CREAT-IT! After successfully bringing together the "Student Parliament on Science", Science View is organizing a new, innovative project titled ?Learning Science through Theater?, in collaboration with the School of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Prior to the next "Student Parliament on Science" that will take place in the spring of 2016, Science View continues its educational actions with ?Learning Science through Theater?. For this project, High School pupils (aged 11-18) are invited to dramatize science concepts and knowledge stemming from the school curriculum.

At the moment the project is aimed at schools of Attica. Pupils will dramatize what they learn in class, through a flexible script called ?Parallel Worlds?, which includes five units/acts concerning the fields of Biology, Astronomy and Physics.

There will be work groups (scriptwriters, actors, musicians, dancers, video producers, set and costume designers) that will be offered professional support (directors, actors, scriptwriters, musicians). Pupils can be part of more than one work group according to their interests.

At least one teacher per school will be responsible for organizing the activities. Teachers can make these activities part of the curriculum of the respective lessons (Physics, Astronomy, Music, biology, Art) as projects or introduce them to the school societies (drama, music etc.).

Pupils will stage the play in April 2015 in Athens-venue to be announced shortly- and there will be a panel of professionals (academics, science teachers, directors, actors, musicians). Pupils chosen based on their performance will be asked to prepare for and participate in another performance that will include all the acts and will take place in Athens in July 2015 and will be open to the public.

Those pupils will give another performance for the International Conference of the CREAT-IT European project in October 2015 for conference participants as well as the public.

Finally, 3-4 pupils will be chosen to take part in the international conference

«Science & You» that will take place in Nancy, France, 1-6 June 2015. There they will present an excerpt of the play.

Project organisers

Science View (Greek Association of Science Journalists, Science Writers and Science communicators) Programme coordinator:  Menelaos Sotiriou, Science View Secretary General (sotiriou@sceinceview.gr)

School of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Scientific coordinator: Zaharoula Smirnaiou, Assistant Professor (zsmyrnaiou@ppp.uoa.gr)

The action is based on the pedagogical framework developed by the European project CREAT-IT (www.creatit-project.eu).

For more information, materials and the participation form visit http://lstt.weebly.com/


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