Students from John Curtin College of the Arts recently had their work showcased on the world stage on the Geo-Cosmos – a large globe-like display exhibit in Toyko’s flagship science centre, Miraikan.
The video was shown as part of the international Picture Happiness on Earth Project, which provided an opportunity for young people to develop an understanding of different value systems and the necessary scientific thinking to solve global challenges.
Students from five Perth schools created videos for the project with the John Curtin College of the Arts group chosen – by public vote – to develop their video further and show it on the Geo-Cosmos at the Picture Happiness on Earth Showcase Presentation in Miraikan in November.
Scitech science presenter, Leon Smith, and John Curtin College of the Arts teacher, Nathan Curnow, represented the students with the pair giving a presentation to almost 150 people from different science centres around the globe.
“It was really great to see the finished video on the Geo-Cosmos; the students put a lot of work into this every step of the way and the story has evolved through many phases,” Leon said.
“The end product was ambitious in its scope and visually impressive, and delivered a very strong message of connecting to the world around us and the important role this plays in shaping happiness. I’m very impressed with the finished film and very proud of all the students who took part in this project.”
Picture Happiness on Earth is part of the “Tsunagari” (interconnectedness) project, created by Miraikan and supported from Bloomberg.
Five other science centres participated in 2016: National Science Technology Museum (China); Mind Museum (Philippines); Petrosains (Malaysia); Science Centre Singapore (Singapore); Shizuoka Science Museum Rukuru (Japan).
Six additional science centres in the Asia-Pacific region are lined up to take part in the project next year. The project will culminate at the Science Centre World Summit in Tokyo in late 2017.