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Submitted as: research article 07 Oct 2019

Submitted as: research article | 07 Oct 2019

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This discussion paper is a preprint. It is a manuscript under review for the journal Geoscience Communication (GC).

Engaging children in geosciences through storytelling and creative dance

Ana Matias1, A. Rita Carrasco1, Ana A. Ramos2, and Rita Borges2 Ana Matias et al.
  • 1CIMA – Universidadedo Algarve, 8000 Faro, Portugal
  • 2Centro Ciência Viva de Tavira, 8800 Tavira, Portugal

Abstract. Natural sciences have traditionally been disseminated in outreach activities as formal one-way presentations. Nevertheless, innovative strategies are being increasingly developed using arts, gaming, sketching, amongst others. This work aimed at testing an alternative and innovative way to engage non-expert audiences in ocean and coastal geology, through creative dancing. An informal education activity focusing on ocean dynamics was designed for 10-year-old students. It combines coastal science concepts (wind, waves, currents, and sand), storytelling techniques (narrative arc), and creative dance techniques (movement, imaginative play, and sensory engagement). A sequence of six exercises was proposed starting in the generation of offshore ocean waves and ending with sediment transport on the beach, during storm/fair-weather conditions. Scientific concepts were then translated into structured creative movements, within imaginary scenarios, and accompanied by sounds or music. The activity was performed six times summing 112 students. It was an inclusive activity given that all students in the class participated, including children with several mild types of cognitive and neurological impairment. The Science & Art activity aroused emotions of enjoyment and pleasure, and allowed an effective communication between scientists and school public. Moreover, the results provide evidence of the activity effectiveness to engage children and to develop their willingness to further participate in similar activities.

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The paper describes an informal education activity focusing in coastal dynamics to engage with 10-year-old students. It combines science concepts, storytelling, and creative dance through six exercises translating wave generation, propagation, and sediment transport. Benefits from this type of activities range from engagement with science to acknowledgement of individual differences. Results of a questionnaire (112 students) show evidences of engagement and willingness to further participation.
The paper describes an informal education activity focusing in coastal dynamics to engage with...