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Bridging the art-science divide

Ajjitha Mohan
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Unfortunately, in our educational system, arts and science are often considered to be on two opposite ends of the spectrum. Albert Einstien said that “My discovery was a result of musical perception.” In the past, the other world renowned scientists like Louis Pasteur was a skilled artist. Sir Isaac Newton, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Darwin examined the connection of science and art through a wide variety of research work. Allowing children to make model the digestive, respiratory, excretory, muscular systems using clay in science class helps them become aware of the connection that occur across our curriculum areas and gives a different view to science. Children choose and create this small art using clay by asking themselves, what do I want to make? How do I make it? Does this look how I want it to look? Connecting arts in science will develop their own understanding of the scientific concept, and learn how to go ahead with the process involved. In addition, performing this program helps the student understand and get fully involved in the learning and give them a sense of ownership over their work. There is an imperative need to employ all available skills like drawing, painting, clay modelling, music to develop young scientists and stimulate their creativity .Therefore, there is a need to reunite arts and science by the practice of arts supporting scientific thinking and learning.

Ajjitha Mohan is an English Teacher at Chettinad Public school, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu


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