The project aims to spark a sense of curiosity and passion to discover science and conduct research at an early age by encouraging young people to regard themselves as a proactive force, actively capable of making changes and making a difference.
As part of the Citizen Science (CS) initiative, this project identifies the potential to sustainably shape education and drive the advancement of innovative methods forward by means of active involvement and bringing art, science and education together. As part of the Artistic Research program at participating schools, 980 students help to prototypically test transdisciplinary research formats.
Accompanied by mentors (professionals in the arts, science, academia, and education), the school students (Citizen Artists) embark on a journey of discovery and research to explore scientific/academic topics using the medium of art. The research journey includes tranforming scientific/academic topics into theater performances, dance productions, or musical interpretations that can be created and experienced together.
Funding provided by
BMBWF / Procesing OeAD Center for Citizen Science
Sept.1, 2022 - Aug. 31, 2025
When it comes to scientifically monitoring Artistic Research formats, our scientific research actively involves over 60 school students. Is it possible to spark more interest in science and STEM-centered topics? From a scholastic perspective, can we identify the impact to general learning behavior? Can Artistic Research formats help us avoid/compensate for socio-economic and gender-specific disadvantages? Students and educators will be actively involved in developing research criteria, the theoretical structuring to scientifically evaluate the project, along with collecting and analyzing data. The idea is to facilitate extensive CS involvement throughout the entire research process and apply qualitative and quantitative research methods. The selected partner schools are primarily peripheral schools.
The "Training of Trainers" program (workshops for educators together with artists), the Youth Advisory Board, publicly presenting artistic and scientific research, international networking, and a scheduled conference not only include more CS involvement, but also guarantees CS involvement beyond the project duration timeline as well as strengthening the topic in a more sustainable way.
Costs & Fees
Schools and students are not subject to any costs or fees. Project funding is available to cover any travel/excursion costs and performance tickets.
Artistic Research workshops take place twice a week during the Summer Semester (for a seven-week period). The workshops are a part of the schools' regular lesson plans. Week 8 of the workshop is Project Week giving participants an opportunity to focus more extensively on finalizing presentations about the project outcomes.
The year-long Scientific Research program was created for students in the 7th class at AHS schools. There are three workshop 'block sessions' where students learn more about conducting scientific/academic work and learn more about the philosophy of science along with qualitative/quantitative research methods. The students are then more actively involved in developing the research topic along with the theoretical parameters regarding scientific/academic evaluation and by collecting data.
Participating Departments at the JKU
|Airan Berg, B.A.||Managing Director; Lead Artistic Research|
|Univ. Prof. Dr. Christoph Helm||Head of the Department of Education Research; Lead Scientific Research|
|Vice-Rector for Innovation and Researchers|
|Mag. Kerstin Pell, BA||Team member of ART & SCIENCE|
|Mag. Patricia Stark||Team member of CITIZEN SCIENCE|
|Julia Lauss, MEd||Scientific project assistant, project coordinator|
|Nora Dirisamer, B.A.||Theater educator project member|
|VS 2 Bertha von Suttner Schule, opens an external URL in a new window|
|VS Haag/Leonding, opens an external URL in a new window|
|MS 5 Otto-Glöckel Schule, opens an external URL in a new window|
|MS 17 Neue Heimat, opens an external URL in a new window|
|LSZ für Hör- & Sehbildung, opens an external URL in a new window|
|BRG Landwiedstraße, opens an external URL in a new window|
|AHS Europagymnasium Auhof, opens an external URL in a new window|
|HAK/HAS Bad Isch, opens an external URL in a new window|
|ROSE ORG Linz, opens an external URL in a new window|
"Sparkling Science 2.0" Gets Off to a Successful Start
The official kick-off meeting took place at the Circus of Knowledge on November 8, 2022, bringing educators from involved schools together with the entire Sparkling Science 2.0 team. In addition to getting to know each other better, the get-together served as an opportunity to view a detailed presentation about the project and answer any open questions. The educators provided insight into the schools' working methods and spoke about special features in their classes. The attendees considered potential topics for the Artistic Research Workshops and collected and clarified key organizational points.
We are all looking forward to this fascinating research journey together, one that is based on strong communication between art, science and education.
Let's learn from each other, inspire each other, and make research come alive!
We are partnering with the following schools over the next 3 years for the duration of the project:
AHS Europagymnasium Auhof, Aubrunnerweg 4, 4040 Linz, SKZ: 401546
BRG Landwiedstraße, Landwiedstraße 82, 4020 Linz, SKZ: 401146
LSZ für Hör- & Sehbildung, Kapuzinerstraße 40a, 4020 Linz, SKZ: 401063
MS 5 Otto-Glöckel Schule, Dürrnbergerstraße 1, 4020 Linz, SKZ: 401032
MS 17 Neue Heimat, Flötzerweg 88, 4030 Linz, SKZ: 401102
VS 2 Bertha von Suttner Schule, Dornacherstraße 33, 4040 Linz, SKZ: 401541
VS Haag/Leonding, Herderstraße 36, 4060 Leonding, SKZ: 410381
HAK/HAS Bad Ischl, Grazer Straße 27, A-4820 Bad Ischl, SKZ: 407488
ROSE ORG Linz, Tabakfabrik Linz, Peter-Behrens-Platz 4 / EG / Haus Havanna, 4020 Linz, SKZ: 401196
Only those who actively take part can play a key role in shaping the future - here the Circus, we have created a Youth Advisory Board, designed to make a difference!
Throughout the Sparkling Science project and well beyond, we plan to create and actively maintain a YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD.
What is it?
The Youth Advisory Board is a group of young people who take part in workshops and meeting to actively introduce corresponding and current themes they feel are important to them. Their input will be integrated into the Circus of Knowledge's content and programming.
Who is involved?
If you are age 13 or up and a student at one of the Sparkling Science 2.0 project participating schools, or you attend a different school/educational institution and want to become more involved to help define the future of this play & research location, then contact us! We want to hear from you!
Why have a Youth Advisory Board?
Make your voice heard! We not only want to learn more about what kinds of topics young people are interested in, we also want to give young people themselves a voice to help shape our theater and research. In essence, young people are the true professionals! We want to bring their indispensable voices, ideas, opinions, etc. into what we do at the Circus of Knowledge. Those in the YAB bridge the gap between schools and the Circus, peer groups and theater, young people and research.
Interested? Or do you have any questions? Then get in touch with us!