“One Ocean”: A Global Science Opera

Science meets art – our students participated in a global opera.

Published on 12.12.2018

It was a won­der­ful learn­ing exper­i­ence for the stu­dents of 4C to have par­ti­cip­ated in this pro­ject which premiered world­wide on Decem­ber 12th, 2018 2PM CET / 1PM GMT. The Global Sci­ence Opera (GSO) is inspired by the work of Pro­fessor Anna Craft (1961−2014), and espe­cially by her thoughts on the concept of Pos­sib­il­ity Think­ing”. The idea behind the Global Sci­ence Opera is for stu­dents all around the world to join together to nar­rate a story — where sci­ence meets art. Each year a topic is chosen, learn­ing mater­ial pre­pared by experts is made avail­able to the stu­dents, dif­fer­ent scenes in the opera” are assigned to dif­fer­ent schools, and all the scenes are then put together to create an hour long opera. 

We had the pleas­ure of start­ing off this year’s opera with the open­ing scene. The stu­dents did an incred­ible job of not just miming the early form­at­ive years of our Earth and our oceans but also per­form­ing the accom­pa­ny­ing music to the scene. The stu­dents also vir­tu­ally joined fellow stu­dents from Eng­land, Por­tugal, USA and Norway to per­form a song called song of the sea” writ­ten and com­posed for this pro­ject.

The words of Andre Kuipers, Astro­naut, European Space Agency (ESA) sums it all up per­fectly: Explor­ing sci­ence together as part of a global classroom, it’s a great idea.”

Andrew Char­le­wood, Con­stanze Posautz, San­juk­tha Mukund

The link to the opera