The main objective of this project is the promotion of a teaching/learning model based on the idea that educational tools and contents must firstly allow the development of students’ creativity and motivation. This objective could represent an innovative challenge for the approaching of young generation to scientific knowledge. In particular, this multidisciplinary project on the theory of Chaos and Complexity, titled “Chaos at school. A constructivist approach to the teaching/learning of Chaos Theory”, addresses secondary school students. The project, promoted by the Evolutionary Systems Group, aims at the approaching of young generation to scientific knowledge, and in particular to topics usually considered as difficult. However, how is it possible to motivate students to the learning of complex theories as Chaos and evolutionary music? Using constructivism as main reference, the project sets a teaching/learning model, articulated in four phases. In these phases students build a Chua’s circuit and use Chaos to create images and music. Thus, thanks to an “hands-on” educational methodology, students can explore and model different attractors, realizing sounds and music (by a simulation software).
of the project consists in the innovative treatment of the theory of Chaos and
Complexity by an approach stimulating students and scientific audience’s
interest and curiosity. At the same time, new possible links of Science with Art
can be demonstrated through the production of images, sounds and music generated
by chaotic phenomena. In this view, the main aim is the strengthening of
students’ forethought that science is not boring or difficult, but that it can
be understood and appreciated for its creative and playful side.
The project plan includes the following phases:
a) provision of a reference context regarding Chaos, chaotic systems and attractors in multimedia format (PPT lessons, video, and so on);
b) students’ experimentation of the physical construction of Chua’s circuit in a laboratory setting;
c) students’ virtual simulation of attractors as well as the exploration of 3D shapes generated by Chua’s circuit;
d) illustration of some software developed by Evolutionary Systems group for the realization of music and sounds from Chaos.