An update from 'Transferring the Magic to STEM'
Based upon a successful Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) pilot with maths students, this project takes forward the idea of using magic as a tool to capture the interest of students in STEM, to engage and enthuse students, teachers, and the wider public audience about the magic of STEM, and the STEM and secret science in magic.
The easy to perform tricks engage students; trying to work out 'how it's done' invokes students analytical problem solving; and the reveal that the 'solution' is explained by the underpinning science leaves a lasting impact while also supporting further discussions on how the STEM science underpins the technological 'magic' in the world today.
www.illusioneering.org has recently launched with a number of resources including videos and download files for use in the class room extending the idea of using magic as a tool to interest students about STEM, from its successful pilot in maths, and to engage a wider audience to be aware of the secret science behind magic tricks, including unique magic tricks filmed aboard the International Space Station.
Commenting Professor Peter McOwan said 'The HEstem support made possible a new way to engage and enthuse teachers, students and the public about the magic of STEM, and of course... the STEM in magic.'
Illusioneer team member Richard Garriott, (video game pioneer, scientist, space explorer and magician) went on to say “Using secret scientific principles to facilitate mind bending magic is an art which simultaneously amazes and teaches… magic makes learning a joy!”
The complete Illusioneering Magic Book is available from the website above and is also a part of the IMA’s ‘Maths in a Box’ toolkit.