Physics, the Musical
Participate and share : Poster
Monday, June 24, 8:00–10:00 am
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 41
María José Rodríguez González Aileen Freyssinier Nicandro Díaz Butrón Sebastián Zamora Castelazo José Pablo Tovar González José María Torres Escalera Ricardo Polo Majay Ana Vignon Sebastián Vazquez Gomez Verónica López Hoyo Ana Fernandez Roberta Madrazo
Discover how students can bond arts and science by reenacting a Broadway production. See how they can demonstrate the direct relationship between performing arts and physics, such as music and acoustics, dance and kinematics, and lights and optics.
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|Focus:||Digital age teaching & learning|
|Topic:||Project-, problem- and challenge-based learning|
|Subject area:||Science, Performing/visual arts|
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|Additional detail:||Student presentation|
Students wanted to show how physics is present in all aspects of their every day life. They thought that most people still have trouble relating arts and science so if they could demonstrate how physics is a key element for the success of a musical production, this would leave no room for skepticals.
Students assembled a scale scenery and mounted a musical production. They managed to do the backstage and theatrical aparatus mobility by using differnet digital tools and resources. They had to dig in each branch of physics to cover each fundamental part of a montage. At the same time, they discovered all the details that are involved when a musical is assembled, from scenery and music to wardrobe. Going step by step the got empowered by enhancing their creativity skills to relate arts and physics, using concepts that in the classroom they usually found difficult to relate with or complicated.
As in any musical they had to curate among different options to get the desired outcome. They used from actual mechanical simple machines to robotics elements, from simple colors to difraction of light, etc.
They were innovative designers, not only in the use and combination of artistic elements, but also in the use of different technological and digital resources, and mostly in the way they combined arts and science.
Needless to say they became global colaborators and communicators, there is no better global communicator than art and there is no way that the show keeps on going without physics and team colaboration.
During the poster session the audince will become the stage director interacting with the scenery as they learn the importance of physics in all aspects of life even arts.
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