Arts Integration Research: Observation of STEAM internship with OSHU neuroscience and PNCA art students. July 16, 2015.
This summer I’m doing research on methods for executing arts integration. I’ve been observing the STEAM internship between OSHU and PNCA in Portland OR. This program has linked up neuroscience university students up with art university students to teach a brain systems/visual arts integration unit to 5th graders. I participated in the program on July 16, 2015 at Beaumont Middle School - and am working hard to comprehend the neuroscience part since I’m coming from the arts perspective.
In earlier lessons, student were taught the parts of the neurosystem and brain function and were able to draw it out life-size, tracing their own bodies on giant paper. They also used pipe cleaners to make models of the neurons, and to understand how the neurons join to form a network.
This day, they made a giant diagram of the brain synapses, and the students created there own neurotransmitters. However, instead of the neurotransmitters just being chemicals or proteins - they could make them fly or whatever (student engagement, making it relevant, the why do I care….) (Brain function - Science standard) Then they carved symbols of their neurotransmitters out of potatoes to make stamps and mixed primary paints to make secondary colors (color mixing/positive-Negative Space - Art Standard).