room KA 101
A brief talk by Andrea Brunello
Curiosity and Wonder: Essential Ingredients in teaching STEM
Brunello, Andrea, Jet Propulsion Theatre – Arditodesio Company, Trento, Italy | Physics Department University of Trento, Trento, Italy
Playwrights, novelists and storytellers know that generating curiosity and wonder in their audience is a sure way to keep them engaged. We argue that the same techniques that are used in creating a successful theatrical play can be used in teaching STEM. After all, emotion is a gateway to knowledge. But what are these techniques? And how do we apply them in a classroom setting? In this brief talk I will introduce some ideas and personal experiences with scientific playwriting (Jet Propoulsion Theatre) applied to science communication.
Andrea Brunello, PhD in Physics, actor and playwright, is the director of Jet Propulsion Theatre, a laboratory for the theatrical creation connected to science, the people of science and the scientific tale, in full coordination with the Laboratory for the Communication of the Physical Sciences at the University of Trento (Italy). Andrea has written and performed plays all over Europe as well as Africa and the United States. His work is centred on the idea that science shapes the way we look at the world and it can therefore become prime material for engaging storytelling and gripping dramaturgy.