LAWRENCE — Cool Science, a National Science Foundation-funded program that integrates science and art to promote understanding of extreme weather events, is hosting an art competition for K-12 youth.
This free and public art competition kicks off in October. The deadline to submit artwork is Dec. 11. Winners receive gift card prizes, the opportunity to have their artwork featured on public transportation, and recognition at a public art exhibition.
Children choose one of three challenge questions to serve as the basis of their artwork. For example, they might artistically represent how severe storms form or how to keep cool in sweltering heatwaves. Learn more about the questions and how to submit artwork on the Cool Science website.
Steven Schrock is the principal investigator for Cool Science from the University of Kansas and professor of transportation engineering. Schrock teaches in the KU Department of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering and is the director of the KU Transportation Center.
Schrock and Claudia Bode, education director for the Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis at KU, lead the program at KU. They collaborate on this effort with Jill Hendrickson Lohmeier, associate professor of education at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell; Robert Chen, professor of oceanography and interim dean of the University of Massachusetts Boston’s School for the Environment; Lois Hetland, professor of art education at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Stephen Mishol, associate professor of art at U-Mass-Lowell.
Cool Science offers a variety of learning opportunities on its website, including training videos and lesson materials about integrating art and science for anyone to access. NSF funds Cool Science as part of the Advancing Informal STEM Learning initiative.