About the Project
Science, as in the ability to think scientifically and to understand the science behind everyday life, emerged as the premier intelligence of the 20th century with Einstein representing the genius of the century. However, Einstein was quick to point to the importance of the imagination in influencing his work, stating that “imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited, imagination encircles the world”. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, another Nobel Prize winning scientist spoke of his belief that his head was not for storing knowledge (books were a better place for this), he needed to retain only what he needed for understanding allowing him more mental space to play with the knowledge. Both Einstein and Szent-Gyorgyi spoke of retaining what they described as a childish fascination with how the world worked and of the employment of their imagination in looking for answers.
Ken Robinson, an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation, talks of the need for, and the celebration of, human creativity as the message for this century. He sees creativity as inherent to human capabilities and emphasizes the importance of developing this capacity in our educational systems. He believes it is as important as literacy and suggests that the efforts of the last few decades bringing humans to a baseline ability of being able to read and write should now be extended to bringing all human beings to an active awareness of their creative abilities.
This website has been created to support the Creative Science initiative taking place as a partnership between the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Vancouver area High Schools. The initiative challenges students to create an artistic product illustrating concepts associated with their biology curriculum.
View featured projects from the 2015 Art and Body Systems (Grade 8) CreativeScience.
- Niamh Kelly, Project Director
- Karen Forsyth, Project Manager
- Carol-Ann Courneya, Cardiovascular Pilot Project Co-director
- Fabian Tam, Mentorship Coordinator
- Daniel Semenov, Website Coordinator
- Iris Liu, Media and Communications Director
- Jordan Sugie and Renee Siu, 2012 Mentorship Coordinators
- Tyler Nelson, 2013-2014 Mentorship Coordinator
- Patrick Tan, 2012-2014 Website Coordinator
Funding for CreativeScience provided by: