KI professor Rob Gorbet recently had some interesting experiences during his time in New Brunswick:
Project LEO is helping students at Riverview High School in New Brunswick to combine science, technology, and art through a series of suspended interactive light sculptures for the atrium of their school.
Read more about Rob's work on this project in this article: Integrative teaching in high school
Art, Engineering, and Collaboration: Building Sustainable Communities
Rob gave a public artist talk in the town of Alma, NB, on the Bay of Fundy. Weaving stories from his experience designing and installing interactive technology-mediated art around the world, attendees considered the question of whether the interpretation of non-representational art provides a low-stakes environment for teaching and practising valuing others’ perspectives. Could structured conversations around art make citizens better able to engage in dialogue with others who think differently than they do?
Integrative Teaching Using Muscle Wire
Rob spent a day with a dozen high school teachers from both arts and sciences discussing integrative teaching. Participants engaged in hands-on creative activities using shape memory alloys supported by Dynalloy, Brilliant Labs, and the New Brunswick Teachers Association, and discussed the difference between sketching for representation vs. communication, creativity exercises, and blending disciplines in the classroom. They also created some pretty cool inventions using their shape memory alloys! Much fun was had.