This, more or less, started at Science Online 2013.
Here, the two of us had a chance to think a little more about a research project that aims to explore the notions of science, creativity, and how children might consider these things as part of their identity. It actually works out quite nicely: Dave is an academic at the University of British Columbia who runs a science literacy lab (which already hosts a program (SCLS) where children come in “to mix things up” – do some science, so some creative writing); andMarie-Claire is an Education Academic at the University of Alberta with the research chops to examine what impressions these kids might actually form as a result of this experience.
And so, it seemed like a no brainer to explore this more formally, more so given the prominence of creative works in science communication these days. Best of all, we’re going to try this in as open a way as we can – you can see our discussions, watch as we write grants, and immerse yourself in the data as it comes in. So grab a seat, make yourself comfortable, and feel free to participate in the discussion…
MARIE-CLAIRE SHANAHAN is Research Chair in Science Education and Public Engagement at the University of Calgary where she studies how and why people of all ages participate in science. She blogs about science education and science communication at Boundaryvision.com and is one of the hosts of the science radio program Skeptically Speaking. As a teenager, she’d dreamed of a career as an orchestral musician and maintains a strong curiosity for how creative expression and science overlap.
DAVID NG is a science literacy academic and Faculty member at the Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia. He writes here and there, including humour for McSweeney’s, essays for the Walrus, and blog posts for Boingboing.net. He has a molecular genetics lab full of curios and is interested in various areas of science education, communication, and outreach – particularly those where the notions of science and art intersect.