The Smithsonian has played an important role in the Art of Science Learning ever since we launched our first Phase 1 conference at the National Museum of American History in April, 2011. Here’s a link to the conference report.
Recently, we were honored to be invited to lead three workshops at the Smithsonian/US Patent and Trade Office’s 2015 Innovation Festival, in the Smithsonian’s newly renovated and expanded Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, located on the first floor of the National Museum of American History.
The Festival (September 26-27, 2015) was a remarkable event which attracted more than 30,000 visitors from all over the world. In our community workshops, we invited participants of all ages and walks of life, from K12 to professional, to use arts-based techniques to surface and explore creative solutions to the challenge of providing enough affordable and nutritious food to underserved urban neighborhoods. We also led an arts-based rapid prototyping workshop called “Rehearsing Ideas” for an invited professional audience.
Here’s the link to a video which gives the flavor of our community workshops and conveys the excitement and energy of innovation at the intersection of art, science and learning.