Vibant and Diverse by Rose Saville-Iksic, an entry in the Dream & Do Art Challenge

Calling all budding artists and scientists!

Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, producers of the Working Class public television series are seeking entries in its latest K-12 art challenge, “Why Science Matters.”

Do you think of art and science as being very different subjects?

What if it is possible to explore a wide variety of the educational opportunities by combining the two?

A high school teacher from Omaha, Timothy Bogatz, believes, “When you are looking at the intersection between art and science, the connections can be endless.”

He wrote “11 Fascinating Artists Inspired by Science,” an online article with links to incredible works of art that can be used in the classroom “to show the fascinating depth offered by the world of science, and how it can inspire incredible art.”

“The greatest scientists are artists as well.” – Albert Einstein

I would like to invite the teachers and parents in our Working Class audience to share Bogatz’s article with students as a source of inspiration for the “Why Science Matters” art challenge.

I was amazed at the beauty and brilliance depicted in each featured artist’s work, from Rachel Sussman’s photographs of the oldest living things in the world and Janet Saad-Cook’s “Sun Drawings” to Jen Stark’s paper sculptures and live artwork, sculptures and installations created by Luke Jerram, whose work tests viewers’ senses and perceptions.

I can imagine that student artists viewing such incredible contemporary works might be inspired to look into their next science lesson for ideas. Likewise, a student who loves science might feel challenged to use an art form to display his/her knowledge of scientific principles.

A look at the science-inspired art might even motivate art teachers and science teachers to work together and promote a cross-curricular challenge to students interested in exploring “Why Science Matters.”

The great Albert Einstein once said, “The greatest scientists are artists as well.”

The “Why Science Matters” art challenge offers K-12 students and educators an opportunity to prove Einstein’s assertion was correct. It invites student artists to depict the importance of science in everyday life. Students may use any medium and supplies they choose.

Entry deadline is Dec. 1.

Entries are accepted via email, with a digital photo (JPEG file) of the original artwork attached. A separate email is required for each entry and must include the following information: challenge title (Why Science Matters); artist’s name; teacher/parent name and email address; grade, school (or homeschool); city and state; and entry category (Student in Grades K-6 or Student in Grades 7-12).

Deadline for entries is Dec. 1. Awards will be presented in two categories: Grades K-6 and Grades 7-12. A chosen artist in each category will receive a basket of books and supplies related to the art challenge.

Please email entries and questions to me – Elaine Lambert, executive producer of Working Class.

The Working Class website features images of student work created for other recent K-12 art challenges sponsored by the series’ producers.

Gundam Trees by Russ Gleeson, an entry in the Dream & Do Art Challenge

Inspiration for the “Why Science Matters” art challenge comes from the most recent release in the Working Class documentary series: Working Class: Competition Drives Innovation! Why Science Matters, which premiered over the summer.

Among the highlights of Working Class: Competition Drives Innovation! Why Science Matters are interviews with K-12 students and teachers at Warrior Run Middle School and Bloomsburg Area High School, participants in regional Rage in the Cage combative robot events, as well as K-12 students participating in SMART (Science & Math Applications in Real-World Technologies) Girls events at Penn College.

WVIA Public Media plans to broadcast a back-to-school marathon featuring four episodes of the Telly-Award winning Working Class series in October.

The marathon begins on Sunday, Oct. 7, when WVIA-TV will air Working Class: Dream and Do, Working Class: Build and Grow Green, Working Class: Game On! Why Math Matters and Working Class: Competition Drives Innovation! Why Science Matters.

A big Working Class thanks to WVIA Public Media for hosting the October broadcast marathon and to The Art of Education (an online resource for educators that covers topics including creativity, technology, curriculum, classroom management and instructional strategies), which published Tim Bogatz’s article “11 Fascinating Artists Inspired by Science.”

Stay tuned … and get ready to be fascinated by our student artists’ entries in the “Why Science Matters” art challenge!

Drak’a Cola by Breanna Gillow, an entry in the Build & Grow Green Recycled Art Challenge




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