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
Time to get organised
Have one of your group set up Google Drive folder. Make sure it’s shared with everyone in your group, myself (email@example.com) and Lesley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.
We break it into story elements
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
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.
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: