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 Fall 2010, the ICubed team organized a pilot for creating the 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. ICubed invited two STEM researchers to present their work in David Isenhour's Sculpture class.
Dr. Ken Teter and his ICubed Fellow Carly Bader (Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences), talked about their research on the Cholera toxin. Dr. Seetha Raghavan and her ICubed Fellow Rene Diaz (Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering) presented their study on thermal barrier coatings and the effects of stress on materials. The interaction between STEM researchers, ICubed Fellows, and Arts & Design students was lively. After the presentations, the students had a chance to ask questions and an interesting interaction happened between the groups.
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.