“Cultural Collisions” is an interdisciplinary science/art engagement and networking programme. It is designed to trigger curiosity, creativity, and foster critical thinking in school students to help them overcome the scientific and technological challenges of the 21st century.
It was developed and evaluated within the EU funded project CREATIONS and supported by the international particle physics collaboration of the CMS experiment at CERN. The Cultural Collisions format has been implemented and tested in several European countries - Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Montenegro. Furthermore it was the key component of a research project sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Education, Canada, which assessed the educational impact on participating students.
In the presentation, cross-disciplinary methodologies will be discussed and the results of the European and Canadian exercises will be presented showing that the programme has demonstrated its capacity to increase motivation and interest in science. In particular, the evaluation has also determined that there is a significant relationship between the creative presentation approach of the programme and the increased educational outcomes.