Angelos Alexopoulos (CERN)
Although significant investments have been made over the last two decades to introduce innovative approaches to science education, recent studies demonstrate that approaches based solely on inquiry and problem solving methods have a relatively low degree of adoption in school settings. In response to this, recent years have seen the emergence of a movement that seeks to encourage the public and especially young people to discover new ways to look at and understand how science works with the support of creative and artistic interventions. The so-called STEAM movement, as reflected in various national and international initiatives in both sides of the Atlantic, calls for arts integration into science teaching and learning as a catalyst for developing creative skills that are necessary to thrive in an innovation economy. One example of such initiatives is art@CMS, an education and outreach programme of the CMS Experiment at CERN. Situated within the STEAM movement, art@CMS is a dynamic international network of collaborations involving scientists, artists, students and educators, aimed at engaging the public and especially young people with scientific research in particle physics. Through interdisciplinary workshops and art exhibitions, this programme has so far helped 100,000 people, including hundreds of school students, in 12 countries to gain a better understanding of how science works and how the public can engage with it.