“Science meets Art” brings Harvard undergrads and community together to explore the artistic side of science

April 28, 2014 at 12:15 pm
Harvard undergraduate student and Education Portal mentor Jamie Solimano demonstrates terrarium building to community members.

More than 100 children and adults from Allston-Brighton, Greater Boston, and beyond gathered at the Harvard Allston Education Portal (Ed Portal) on Wednesday April 23 to take part in "Science Meets Art," featuring hands-on activities that explained the science behind various types of art, as well as the artistic side of science.  The event was hosted by the Ed Portal as one of the many events and programs in the week-long Cambridge Science Festival, an annual celebration showcasing the leading edge in science, technology, engineering and math aimed at making science accessible, interactive and fun.

Highlights from the event, which included stations run by Harvard University undergraduate students, were "spin painting," an activity designed to teach about centripetal force, claymation, and zoetropes – a low-technology form of animation that involves sliding sheets of paper past one another.  Also popular was the terrarium station, where families were able to build their own miniature terrarium to take home.

"Science Meets Art" sought to demonstrate the way that these two disciplines can complement each other – in a fun and interactive way.  The event also builds upon the Ed Portal’s commitment to education beyond the classroom, by providing community members with access to Harvard educational resources and bringing members of the Harvard and Allston-Brighton communities together to experience, think, and learn.

Photo 1: Harvard undergraduate student Adam Ganik demonstrates claymation to young visitors at the “Science Meets Art” event. Photo 2: Harvard undergraduate students and Education Portal mentors Daniel Cooper and Brianna MacGregor demonstrate the art of architecture to community members using everyday materials.