WASO Course

WRITE A SCIENCE OPERA (WASO) – The Training Course

QUICK SUMMARY: THE WRITE AN OPERA (WASO) TRAINING COURSE IS AIMED AT TEACHERS AND OTHER PROFESSIONALS WHO WISH TO EXPLORE CREATIVE STRATEGIES IN SCIENCE TEACHING. PARTICIPANTS WILL GAIN EXPERIENCE IN THE WASO METHOD, INCLUDING THE CREATION AND PERFORMANCE OF AN ORIGINAL SCIENCE OPERA. THIS HANDS-ON, ENJOYABLE AND CREATIVE EXPERIENCE WILL GIVE PARTICIPANTS THE NECESSARY TOOLS TO REALIZE WASO PROJECTS IN SCHOOLS AND OTHER PLACES OF INTEREST.

The EU Comenius Multilateral project CREAT-IT is proud to anounce the first Write a Science Opera (WASO) training course for teachers this summer, in Norway!

Write a Science Opera (WASO) is a creative professional development approach to creative, inquiry-based science education informed by the arts, in which participants gain first-hand experience creating original educational performances directly related to and inspired by the science curriculum for students, with the aim of fostering creative science teaching and learning and generating depth of understanding of science and the potential of creative science. It will use a pedagogical framework for creative science education developed by the CREAT-IT consortium and informed by work undertaken at University of Exeter in England. The focus of this summer’s training will be on the science curriculum of pupils aged 10-14.

WASO is an application of the widespread Write an Opera method, which has been successfully implemented in many countries. The course is designed first and foremost for science teachers in late primary/early secondary schools.

A specific methodology for creating science-informed original performances in schools will be experienced first-hand through the creation of such a performance by participants. This performance’s scientific theme will be decided by the participants during the course itself. WASO training materials, created by the consortium, will be distributed to participants during the course. These will be available in any of the following languages: English, Norwegian, French, Serbian, Greek and Italian.

The  WASO course instructors are specialists in the fields of science education, science, drama, music, visual arts, creative pedagogy, opera and the Write an Opera methodology from a wide variety of Norwegian science, culture, art, and education institutions:

Science Education specialist: Dr. Marianne Ødegaard, Director of Research, The Science Center (Naturfagsenteret), Oslo

Scientist: Professor Karin Pittman, Dept. of Biology, University of Bergen

Composer: Associate Professor Jostein Stalheim, Bergen University College

Scenographer: Lene Buchacz (www.noncompany.no)

Drama/libretto instructor: Magdalena From Delis (www.magdalenafromdelis.com)

Vocal instruction: Mezzosoprano Bettina Smith, University of Stavanger (www.bettinasmith.com)

Creative Pedagogy: Professor Magne Espeland, leader of Culture and Creativity Pedagogy (K-PED) programme, Stord Haugesund University College

Course co-leader and choir conductor: Associate Professor Harald Eikaas, Stord Haugesund University College

Course co-leader and CREAT-IT project Coordinator: Associate Professor Oded Ben-Horin, Stord Haugesund University College

Administrative information:
Dates: August 3rd (arrival, afternoon) – August 9th (departure, morning)
Place: Stord Haugesund University College (campus Stord), Norway www.hsh.no
Nearest airports: Haugesund, Bergen, Stavanger (and Stord for arrivals via Oslo) Course costs: registration fee of 400 nok (appr. 45 Euro)

Formal course qualification: All participants will receive a diploma (bachelor-level) signed by the course arrangers (CREAT-IT Comenius project).

Maximum number of participants: 25 (of these, 40%, equalling ten spaces, are reserved for science teachers).

Previous accomplishment requirements: The course is designed for science teachers as well as teachers of opera, music, drama and visual arts. Furthermore, it is also suitable for other stakeholders such as headteachers, scientists, and policy-makers wishing to expand their experience with cross-disciplinary educational settings. No previous formal music training is required for successful participation. Participants must be in an educational or other position in which they can positively support their local, regional or national populations towards creative, multi-disciplinary creative science projects. They must be qualified to work as a teacher and/or be eligible for professional development courses.

CREAT-IT is a Comenius Multilateral project funded by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning programme. The WASO course is Co-funded by UH nettVest and Stord Haugesund University College, Norway.

For information about the course, and reservation of places for your institution, please use the following email address:
oded.ben@hsh.no
www.uhnettvest.no
www.hsh.no
www.creatit-project.eu