An after school club is using arts to build interest in science with an unlikely approach.
The after school duct tape club, funded by the Science Foundation, Arizona, is helping kids develop problem solving skills and become better thinkers.
As schools develop programs to teach science, technology, engineering, and math, a growing number of them are incorporating arts into the programs. The objective is not to turn kids into artists or musicians, but to enable them to use their thinking skills and creativity.
21 students stay after school for the club, measuring and cutting the sticky duct tape into wallets, handbags, flowers, and decorating shirts and backpacks. But to advisor Mary Proctor, the activity isnt just about creating crafts. The students are using science skills.
“Like scientists, they need to learn the properties of duct tape before they work with it — the adhesive properties and the flexibility,” Proctor said. “The main challenge is the stickiness.”