One of the objectives of ICubed is to inform the UCF Community about scientific concepts. The project is meeting this objective by funding the STEAM Gallery Initiative which is an activity that encourages STEM researchers to expand their thinking and find ways to communicate their science to non-STEM audiences. In Spring 2011, the ICubed team relied on the Fall 2010 STEAM experiences to create artwork for the gallery.
Through STEAM, UCF STEM faculty researchers who received grant supplements for their students, interacted with faculty and students in the School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD). Participating Arts and Design students attended a 3-week long seminar, as part of their course of study, and created science-inspired art based on the STEM researcher's explanations of science concepts and possibilities. In this ICubed Initiative, Visual Arts students were able to find new creative ways to communicate science through their art. A number of artwork created during these seminars was preserved for the STEAM Gallery, a travelling exhibition displaying science inspired art. ICubed invited two STEM researchers from different departments to present their work in Dennis Ahearn's printmaking class in the spring of 2013.
Dr. Costas Efthimiou discussed various creation stories of the "world" such as the native americans and Greek Mythology and then presented what physicists believe actually happened. This included a discussion of the big bang theory and psuedoscience. Dr. Stephen Kuebler presented to the class on the concept of Fourier Transform and how it can be applied to art. This was followed a 30-minute discussion with the students.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.0963146. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.