When we remove the white coat of inquiry we are introduced to a world of stories of practicing artists and scientists that have blurred the lines of these seemingly disparate disciplines. These stories inspire us by revealing the long standing history of how science has influenced art movements and individual artists. In this section we will look at the role of materials as a rich and natural intersection for the practice of art and science in harmony. We will hear a story of a how the science of the mind influenced a modern art movement and we will also examine the value of art as a powerful catalyst for inquiry for scientists of all ages. Thanks to the maker movement and the merger of art with STEM, we are seeing a witnessing a new horizon of Material Science and Making.
Twice a week I coach an Odyssey of the Mind team. All week I collect scraps, recyclables and cast away objects to bring to meetings for them to peruse. The process of searching through these materials inspires the gadgets they create, the props they invent, and costumes they fashion. Through the practice of re-purposing and upcycling, the team engineers through both limits and possibilities. The raw material is limited; what they would normally use to solve a problem is not always available.