Arts & Science

WP 5: Dissemination, Exploitation & Communication

Science communication will play a key role in CHAMELEON, both for schools and for the public.

STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics, and thus it encompasses several disciplines essential to 21st century life (skills) and future solutions. Since creativity plays an essential role in this multidisciplinary STEM movement, and because artistic skills can be both used and trained in STEM projects, the movement has been expanded to STE(A)M, in which A stands for Arts.

Astrophysics is a STEM discipline par excellence, making use of expertise from various fields (physics, maths, chemistry, biology, geography, high-tech, engineering, …). Moreover, as a subject triggering the imagination – and even raising philosophical questions – it has the potential to raise interest in STEM disciplines. Therefore, the development of STE(A)M projects linked to topics in Astrophysics is a useful endeavour, both for school education and for reaching a larger segment of society through public outreach.

More and more, the value of integrated STEM projects is put into practice and even investigated.  However, the question in what way the A (Arts) in STEAM also brings benefit is largely unexplored.

What makes CHAMELEON unique is that we will go beyond the regular ways of communicating the project’s results: by developing STE(A)M lesson modules for the classroom, and through dedicated artwork triggering reflection and conversation.

We will link the CHAMELEON early-stage researchers with artists for the duration of the project.  These interactions will lead to new artwork to be showcased online through the website and in a dedicated exhibition. An example of a previous successful Art & Science collaboration is PiLoT1, which model we will follow in our project.

STE(A)M lesson modules linked to the subjects of study in CHAMELEON will be co-created with teachers and piloted in the classroom.

The effectiveness of our STE(A)M teaching modules and Art&Science interventions will also be coordinated, investigated and evaluated by two researchers funded by the program.

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