March 28, 2009

Design and Science

On March 14th I participated in an interdisciplinary workshop at Harvard University for the Picturing to Learn project. In association with the National Science Foundation, Picturing to Learn seeks to improve scientific education in the United States by introducing drawing as a tool and basic skill for science students and educators.

Drawing is used by science students to distill their own understanding of specific concepts and communicate them effectively. By thinking through drawing, students and educators can move beyond standard scientific jargon and equations as educational tools, and begin to make scientific concepts engaging to a wider audience while retaining accuracy. Drawings have the potential to encode multiple layers of information while remaining legible and accessible.

Please read more about the event at the Picturing to Learn website, or through the Graduate School of Design News.