TIFR’s Homi Bhabha Center Launches Online Series Integrating Arts with STEM


MUMBAI: “The most exciting things today are happening at the boundaries of the traditional branches of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the arts. Building on this idea, the Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education (HBCSE), the national center of the Tata Basic Research Institute, has launched an online series called STEAMboat. The initiative aims to integrate the arts with STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), to promote creative and critical thinking and to recognize the interdisciplinary nature of these subjects.

“Globally, there is an increasing emphasis on STEM along with the arts. The arts and science, after all, are creative endeavors. You explore the creativity of the human mind, whether through music, painting or dance or through science and experiments. In today’s world, you need skills from both sides, ”said Arnab Bhattacharya, Center Director, HBCSE. While the concept of STEAM has gained popularity in the West, it has yet to catch up in India, he said. “The idea is to break down the artificial barriers we have between ‘scientific’ and ‘arty’ subjects,” he added.

STEAMboat will feature lectures, animated videos in multiple languages, exploring science, technology, engineering, arts, math and their intersections. The first lecture on “The Superb Spider Silk” on November 14 by Suravi Kalita looked at the films of Spiderman, the biology of its functioning, the properties of spider silk and the works of spider silk. art that people achieve by using it. He also explored the possibility of artificially designing different creatures to make the same molecules as spider silk and use them in textiles. “It goes beyond a discourse looking only at the aspect of pure science,” said Bhattacharya. In the pipeline, discussions will explore the artistic model of magic squares as well as the science behind the intelligent fable of the crow.


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The lectures will be scheduled on the second Sunday of each month and the topics will be chosen by the HBCSE community. This can range from environmental issues and design to standard science and math education. The team will also be making shorter videos in multiple languages, starting with Hindi and Marathi in the early days. Details of these sessions and videos will be available on steamboat.hbcse.tifr.res.in.


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