"I am among those who think that science has great beauty."--Marie Curie
On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, the English Department at Las Lagunas hosted a fun and interactive event for students in first through fourth grade ESO called, "Visionaries and Inventions that changed mankind." The event consisted of various rotating performances put on by actors in The Improving Co. that referenced important contributions to science and technology that continue to impact us today.
Among the five different acts were: Louis Pasteur & Alexandre Fleming, Galileo Galilei, Einstein's Dances from the Galaxy, Marie Curie and Bill Gates & Steve Jobs. Through dramatic acting and silly puppets, guitar playing and planet dancing, students had the opportunity to engage with the performers artistically while also expanding their knowledge of scientists and innovators. Each performance called for audience participation and volunteers to assist in what was being shared.
One example of the acts was the celebration of Marie Curie’s work. The performer began by describing who she was, her research in radioactivity and her incredible achievement as a female winning a Nobel Prize twice. He proceeded to sing and play “Radioactive” on the guitar and later “The Scientist” by Coldplay. Students joined in on the “ohs” of the chorus and parts of the songs they knew. And of course, the singer threw in Ed Sheeran’s popular hit “Perfect” to keep it relevant!
Thanks to The Improving Co. for their great portrayals and informative show! With this experience, we also keep in mind the words of Bill Gates: "Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important."