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Chemistry meets Art


iArts students participate in CHILL Communities

Something special is happening at CHILL. From 9 May, five iArts students are participating in as many CHILL Communities, under the supervision of iArts teacher Ellen ter Gast. This is special as it is the first ever collaboration of this kind between art and CHILL students.

iArts is short for Interdisciplinary Arts, a three-year Bachelor's programme of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences which links art, science and society. The programme is now in its second year and has 5 second-year students, who will all be working within selected Communities for a period of nine weeks. The iArts students will define their own roles within these Communities.

Exciting Combinations
At CHILL (Chemelot Innovation and Learning Labs), everything revolves around the domain of chemistry. Third and fourth-year Chemistry, Chemical Technology, and Biological and Medical Laboratory students have lessons and collaborate in Communities. They work on real assignments CHILL receives from corporate clients.  This requires commitment, as it has to lead to end results.  There are paying clients waiting, after all. Although the students work intensively on their subject matter, CHILL also wants to add value by giving the students other competencies. 'Learning in context' is part of this; chemistry is not an isolated field, it is related to the world around us. These relationships have already been established in other disciplines, such as 'construction'. Now, a new exiting connection has been added: chemistry meets art, art meets chemistry.





The Challenge
The iArts students are engaging with the world of CHILL. Not art for art's sake, but art in relation to its environment. For the next nine weeks, that is the innovative world of research at CHILL. The students' task is to add a creative angle to the work in the Communities. CHILL students will be challenged to place their work in a new context and look beyond the boundaries of their own field. That in itself will be a valuable addition to the students' learning process. Over the coming weeks it will become clear what other results are to be expected.

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