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Science and Art

The Periodic Table of Haiku

In my preparing future faculty course this morning, @IleneDawn introduced another interesting example of merging art and science pedagogy – The Periodic Table of Haiku.

A description of the project from the link above:

“The primary objective of the Haiku project was to integrate chemistry and creative writing. By working with the characteristics of Haiku structure, the goal of this project was not only to deliver informative factual details of an element, but also to discover an original and fresh perspective of the same element. Students were challenged to portray a sense of focus, story, progress, and completeness within the 5-7-5 syllable structure. The project created sufficient excitement at UMR that Chancellor Lehmkuhle and some members of the faculty and staff (and in one case, the spouse of a faculty member) also decided to participate in the project. What you see here is the first iteration of the ‘Periodic Table of Haiku’ project at UMR.”

Click on the link above and enjoy what these students have created by clicking on the different elements.  What a fantastic and creative approach to getting students to think about the elements!

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About aaronbroege

Aaron Broege is a visiting assistant professor at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. His research focuses on signaling pathways involved in differentiation of osteoclasts, cells that break down bone.

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