Comics can change

attitudes behaviour beliefs the future

In this project you will work in teams of 3 to make a comic that changes the way people think about science. Here’s a handy google doc to keep track.  But first, here is my all-time favourite comic.

How is this course transdisciplinary?

Transdisciplinary learning is when the project involves more than one way of thinking.
This project includes:


The impact of stories on attitudes and behaviour


Researching science stories


How to write a comic script


How to make comics for an art exhibition

How is it authentic?

In this project you will be interviewing real people, and reimagining stories found in your communities to change the way people feel and act towards science ideas. Your work will be in two exhibitions open to the public.

Your project can have an impact.

The Stripling model - with a twist!

I’ve adapted the Stripling model of Inquiry to fit the professional creative process I use in my own work.

You will use a professional artist’s creative process which includes initial research, pre-production, production and evaluation.

Time to get organised

Google Drive

Have one of your group set up  Google Drive folder. Make sure it’s shared with everyone in your group, myself ( and Lesley (

Organise your folder by making sure everything is named, and making sub-folders for each milestone. Use this Google Doc to make sure you have completed every part, and upload links to each part. Keep it in your shared folder so everyone has access.


Miro is an online whiteboard. It’s a good space to write down your ideas, build on them creatively and keep everything in one place that you can see!

Set up your Miro board and make sure it’s shared with everyone in your group including me and Lesley. 

Milestone 1 | Initial Research

Identify and deconstruct a problematic story about science in our community

Problematic science stories prevent people from making positive change through science

For example by recycling plastic, using vaccines or reducing their carbon footprint. Here are some examples of problematic stories about science:

By using story-based-strategy

We can craft stories that effectively change the problematic story, uplifting our own underlying assumptions and values. Tap the video to learn the core concepts.

Write down the 3 core concepts described in the video.

Explore how to use Story-Based Strategy using this link.

We break it into story elements

These include conflict, characters, foreshadowing (also called suggested future), imagery, assumptions and weaknesses.

Have a go deconstructing stories into their structural elements. Choose a popular book or film e.g. Lord of the Rings, and write down the main conflict, characters and suggested future in the story.


An individual attempts to move a mountain


Members from the community come to help the individual

Suggested Future

Through collaboration, the mountain moves

Start asking around


Get an idea of what problematic science stories exist in your community by asking your whānau and neighbours what they have heard. Are there any from your own experience that you can think of? You can also have a look at news headlines, community notice boards and newsletters.

With your team, choose one problematic story about science that you want to work together to change. Fill in the first box of the ‘Choose your story’ worksheet.

Interviewing the right people can be a big help!

To change a story we need to know more about it. Through interviews we can uncover all the story elements including assumptions and weaknesses.

Assumptions are the things we need to believe in order to believe the story is true.

For example in the story ‘I don’t recycle since China stopped buying New Zealand’s plastic’ we would have to believe that the only way to get rid of plastic is to sell it to China – which isn’t true! There are many alternatives!

Weaknesses are cracks in the story where the story is particularly vulnerable.

For example, in the story about recycling not being sent to China it’s possible that the person telling the story doubts their own power to make a difference – but one person can make a big difference! Look at Greta Thunberg for example!

Who are the best people to

ask about the story you want to change?

As a team, think of 5 people from your community that you will interview, write them down. Work together to write up your interview cards using this Trello template. Use the answers from your interviews to fill in the remaining boxes in the Choose your Story worksheet.

Here are a few pointers on good interview technique:


Practice your interview on a friend or family member first and ask for feedback.

Help them feel comfortable

Be polite and friendly throughout. Do what you can to help them to feel comfortable and relaxed.

Document it all

Document the interview by taking notes and recording it so you can refer to it later. Ask for permission from the interviewee before recording it.

Ask for feedback

After each interview thank the interviewee and ask them for feedback so your next interview is even better!