dS transforms the way science is taught in schools

Posted on Wed 2 Jul 2014
danceroom Spectroscopy Festival dome in Bristol, October 2013

In October 2013 danceroom Spectroscopy worked with Bristol's Fairfield High School and Dr David Glowacki to design a new educational experience for Year 9 school groups. The four new videos were made for the Royal Society of Chemistry and explain atmospheric molecular structure; molecular motion; solids, liquids and gases; and molecular vibrations.

This week we are welcoming the students to Watershed for them to watch the new teaching videos they helped create on the big screen before they are rolled out to classrooms across the UK. 

danceroom Spectroscopy is led by Royal Society University Research Fellow Dr David Glowacki, the scientist who makes invisible atoms visible through the power of art and dance, he is jointly based at University of Bristol and Stanford University. This is the start of an exciting dS education engagement package aiming to transform the way in which science is taught in schools, allowing young people to visualise atoms, particles and reactions in a way that they have never been able to before. dS takes the nano-world out of textbooks so it exists all around us, enabling us to interact with it, manipulate it and understand it.present them with authenticity, which they do in spades.

These resources will be available to support science learning from July on the Royal Society of Chemistry website for teachers and students to use across the UK.

Lee Page, Education Executive at the Royal Society of Chemistry, says:

“We are always pleased to help exciting opportunities such as this by the innovative David Glowacki and his danceroom Spectroscopy technology. This creative approach is a great way to show real chemistry and provide education resources to really inspire Year 9 students. It is visually effective, educational and seriously fun!”

The videos were filmed during the first danceroom Spectroscopy Festival produced by Watershed at the Temple Meads Passenger Shed in 2013.

dS is supported by the University of Bristol, University of West of England, the Royal Society of Chemistry, Arts Council England, Bristol City Council, Watershed (Bristol), the Pervasive Media Studio (Bristol), NVIDIA, and EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council).