Mae Jemison: Teach arts and sciences together

Earlier this weekend I watched a Ted Talks video. It was called, “Mae Jemison: Teach arts and sciences together.” It was a twenty minute video or so and honestly I didn’t know what to expect. To start off, the title sounded interesting. Teaching arts and sciences together, kind of made me think about Innovation Lab. How everything connects and is so similar. And that’s exactly what Mae Jemison talked about. She mentioned how their should be no line between the two. Yes, there may be huge differences between the two but they’re not all that different, the arts and sciences.

In the sciences you expect to only learn about scientific things. How can there be creativity to biology or chemistry or even physics? A lot of people believe that their is no creativity in the sciences, but what about scientific experiments in chemistry? Mixing different chemicals together and trying to create slime, isn’t that creative? I remember freshman year, Biology was a total disaster for me. We did less experiments and mostly learned through videos or reading passages from a textbook. Some classes, are like this. And it really depends to the class. Not all science classes allow students to show their creative sides, but creativity doesn’t just come from the arts like photography, painting, or writing. It also can be seen on the flip side, on the more scientific systematic side.

Sophomore year science, Chemistry, was a bit different. It related more to Mae Jemison and how she believed science and the arts are similar. She mentions how the difference between the  arts and sciences is not constructive vs. deconstructive, because we use both techniques in everything. Sophomore year, when we first began Innovation Lab and started experimenting in our Chemistry class, one day we were told to make slime. We were given the tools to do so and the materials and had to follow step by step directions to get the task done.

This experiment, slime making experiment, was constructive in a way because it helped us, as students, as scientists, to learn how to create new things and try new experiments. While at the same time, taking different safety precautions and working and collaborating with others. It served a useful purpose. Although it was also a deconstructive experiment. After creating the slime (which in fact, I did incorrectly at first and had to redo), we had to write a critical analysis of what we did and how we did it. Like Mae Jemison once said,“The arts and sciences are avatars of human creativity”, they work together and they need each other, because the sciences without creativity may in fact be tedious, and the arts without analysis may never help us to investigate or use meta cognition to think deeper into what we are doing and or reading.

Although, no matter the differences between the sciences and the arts, our imagination is what helps us become better and more creative thinkers in both. With these two, comes different types of intuitive and analytical ideas and creations. In the arts, humanities, and in Innovation lab, we not only read literature and write stories, but we also use analysis to anatomize different quotes in books (like The Great Gatsby or Huck Finn). In the sciences, Stem, and also in Innovation lab, we not only learn what consists of physics such as kinetic energy or velocity, but we use our creativity to learn with our hands and construct dissimilar ideas and experiments as a new way of learning. I think what I’m trying to say is that, no matter the differences of science and art, no matter the differences of physics and modern literature, they are, without even realization, a manifestation of the same thing.



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