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PSC Creative Camps for Youth

English title PSC Creative Camps for Youth
Applicant De Moraes Consuelo
Number 171682
Funding scheme Agora
Research institution Gruppe Angewandte Entomologie Institut für Pflanzenwissenschaften ETH Zürich
Institution of higher education ETH Zurich - ETHZ
Main discipline Molecular Biology
Start/End 01.04.2017 - 31.07.2020
Approved amount 192'131.00
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Discipline
Molecular Biology
Other disciplines of Environmental Sciences

Keywords (8)

biocommunication; informal science education; design of nature; young people; tinkering; art & (plant) science; ecological networks

Lay Summary (German)

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Das Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center möchte das Ferienangebot für Kinder von 8-14 Jahren durch Workshopmodule basierend auf der Kombination von Kunst und Wissenschaft bereichern. Durch verschiedene Formen der künstlerischen Gestaltung soll ein neuer, individueller Zugang zu gesellschaftsrelevanten Themen wie Klimawandel, Technologien für eine nachhaltige Landwirtschaft und Biodiversität in der Stadt gefunden werden. Wir möchten die Kinder befähigen kreativ zu sein, kritisch zu denken, Fragen zustellen und teilzunehmen.
Lay summary

Mit dem Projekt Creative Camps möchte das Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center Kindern im Alter von 8-14 Jahren das Erleben von Kunst und Wissenschaft in Ferienlagern ermöglichen. Durch verschiedene Formen der künstlerischen Gestaltung soll ein neuer, individueller Zugang zu gesellschaftsrelevanten Themen aus der Pflanzenforschung geschaffen werden. Gemeinsam möchten wir erkunden, warum es Biodiversität in der Stadt braucht, wie sich Pflanzen an den Klimawandel anpassen, und wie wir mit technologischem Fortschritt umgehen sollen. Um die kindliche Neugier zu wecken und die Welt der Wissenschaft selbstständig zu entdecken, möchten wir kreative Workshopmodule entwickeln. Dafür arbeiten Forschende mit Studenten der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste zusammen. Kunst- und Wissensvermittlung sollen miteinander verbunden werden und so kreative Lernmethoden weiterentwickelt werden. Das Projekt wird von zwei erfahrenen Wissenschaftskommunikatorinnen des Plant Science Center geleitet. Studenten aus den Natur- und Geisteswissenschaften werden in die Ausführung der Workshops miteinbezogen und können so eigene Erfahrungen in der Wissensvermittlung sammeln. Die entwickelten Workshopmodule (ca 20) werden dokumentiert und Organisatoren von Ferienlagern, Museen und ausserschulischen Angeboten zur Verfügung gestellt. Langfristig ist unser Ziel ein nationales Angebot an Wissenschaftsferien in der Schweiz aufzubauen. Wir möchten uns gezielt an Kinder aus bildungsfernen Schichten wenden, die durch ihr Alltagsumfeld keinen direkten Bezug zur Wissenschaft haben. Dafür arbeiten wir mit der Stiftung Science et Cité, der Zürcher Schülerferienstiftung und anderen Anbietern von Ferienlagern und ausserschulischen Aktivitäten zusammen.

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Abstract

How can we enable and support young people to understand the complexity of today`s environmental challenges and the important role of plant sciences in tackling those challenges? Within the current practice of science communication, we do manage to raise awareness. However, is that enough? Could we go a step further and engage them in deeper participation, in creative thinking and problem solving? These questions lead us to the idea to exploit the concept of tinkering - hands-on activities that explore learning and creativity through making. Although a large number of out of school activities exist in Switzerland, direct, meaningful application of scientific activities is often missing. Tinkering allows learners to explore science, art, and technology by building projects, solving problems, and creating personally meaningful solutions to achieve their own goals. Our vision is, to connect the incredible skills of our youth with the daunting challenges of our world. HOW? - We wish to develop creative and inquiry based workshop activities for young people aged 8-14 that enrich and advance informal science education offers of out of school activities, but particularly in holiday camps. The workshop activities are designed to foster children`s own interests and explorations and to encourage a range of inquiry skills in particular observing and exploring, asking questions, reasoning and making connections. Social aspects of learning will focus on children`s role as citizens and highlighting science and environmental awareness as part of their life. WHO? - A core group of 10+ plant scientists of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC) together with science and art educators of the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) will design creative and inquiry-based learning materials in workshop formats. The Agora contribution will be devoted to the development of workshop content and assessment criteria while making use of established promotion channels and infrastructure for holiday camps (ProJuventute Ferienplausch, Zürcher Schülerfereinstiftung) as well as providers of afterschool activities (Treffpunkt Science City, Bugnplay, Globe). The collaboration with Science et Cité focus on particularly including children with socio-economic disadvantaged backgrounds. IMPACT: The use of creative art education methods and the juxtaposition/combination with science communication is new in this context. We will evolve new methods of creativity by bringing creative methods from the arts into a scientific context and expand young peoples capacity of understanding of science and responsible decision-making. Lessons learnt and best of examples will be documented. We will collaborate with several afterschool programs to share our experiences and to facilitate the use of the workshop materials. Introductory and hands-on workshops aim to support educators in developing a practice and ethos of tinkering. Our long-term aim is to create new formats and environments for informal science education (Wissenschaftsferien Schweiz).
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