SMArt Communications Masterclasses are a series of hands-on workshops for UWindsor undergraduate and graduate students aimed at building critical communication skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Designed and guided by professors in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (FAHSS), these workshops will teach participants how to use artistic and creative skills to enhance their communication of STEM topics. Participants will also gain technical and transferable skills, challenge themselves creatively, and have the opportunity to create science-themed communication pieces of work with the support of professors from various fields, including film and media, visual arts, creative writing and music.
Currently, Masterclasses are delivered virtually and synchronously over Blackboard Collaborate. While our SMArt Masterclassses are not for course credit, participants will receive a formal Recognition of Completion from the Faculties of Science and Engineering for each Masterclass. This recognition may be useful to include in student resumes/CVs, in applications to professional programs and in career development portfolios. Science students may also use their participation in a SMArt Masterclass as a form of "Engagement" in their LEAD medallion applications.
SMArt Masterclasses are inspired and supported by Science Meets Art (SMArt), a student-led initiative in the USci Network that fosters the creation of science-focused art pieces that educate and stimulate discussion on an array of science concepts and topics. Click here to learn more about SMArt.
Shot, Sequence, Story: Translating Your STEM Message Through Film is a four-part, hands-on series instructed by Dr. Kim Nelson (School of Creative Arts) and Prof. Nick Hector (SoCA/Communications, Media and Film).
In this primarily hands-on Masterclass, you will learn the art and craft of media messaging using ubiquitous technology: your smartphone and computer. The class will be delivered on-line through Blackboard. Each session begins with a synchronous media-rich lecture in which we lay down a theoretical framework. You will probe these ideas by working independently to design, film, and edit a short creative exercise focused on any STEM topic of your choice. Finally, you will post the result on our Blackboard discussion board and exchange views on peer works in a respectful collaborative learning environment. Open to all University of Windsor students.
Schedule: May 20 - June 1st, 2021
Students are expected to attend all four sessions.
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