• Bianka Hofmann

Evaluation of the Online STEAM course "Inside Out: 10 STEAM Evenings"

I jointly designed with Bulgarian intermedia artist and researcher Eli Joteva and mathematicians Sabrina Haase and Hanne Ballhausen the online course within the STEAM Imaging III program. The resulting course entitled “Inside Out: 10 STEAM Evenings” took place from September to December 2020. In addition, members of the public were invited to join the high school students during the opening talk by Prof. Victoria Vesna, and at the virtual excursions and Q&A sessions to the institutes’ MR laboratory, the Ars Electronica Center, and the UCLA CNSI California NanoSystems Institute ArtSci Center.

The STEAM course was recently evaluated by Dr. Claudia Schnugg, a curator and producer of art and science collaboration and a researcher in the intersections of art and aesthetics with science, technology, and business. The results are published in Evaluation – STEAM Imaging III: Art meets Medical Research. In summary, she states that the course was able to affect the students positively as set in the goals. The course integrated a diverse range of topics, creative and analytical processes, and theory and practice in a collective learning experience of students, artists, and scientists. The intention was to engage students by applying theoretical knowledge to real-world situations and stimulating their interest in science and technology. The participants learned and applied new tools and knowledge, recognizing the entanglement of subjects. The course motivated the high school students to use cross-disciplinary thinking and ideation at school, using natural sciences and technology as tools in creative projects, understanding that visualization and creativity techniques are relevant for natural sciences and technology, too.

©2020 by Bianka Hofmann