DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY

The CESTA program offers a unique opportunity for students to express their creativity within the parameters of a collaborative and common goal. The program will foster the creative dexterity, communication, and leadership abilities of our students - traits sought after by hiring managers and skills needed to address our world's most complex challenges.

 

During the four week program, six students from different disciplines and at different stages of their education will work collaboratively to design and construct an interactive science-art display in Morgantown.

 

 

We have held four successful CESTA summer programs!

See the creativity and excitement of the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 teams on the Past Programs page.

 

 

 

The objective of the CESTA summer program is to train and encourage students from all disciplines to educate and engage the community to discuss science as it pertains to our daily lives and decisions, and to introduce the beauty of science through art and understanding.

 

In many current efforts to improve scientific literacy (e.g. museums, internet videos, etc.) the scientific community is asking the public to seek out the venues and resources.  Our goal is to bring science to the community in a format that is fun, interesting, educational and beautiful.  We took great inspiration from the amazing work of Blue Trail and Open Lab on their innovative and exciting project Oceanic Scales.  We also appreciate the time and input they shared in the early brainstorming stages of our project!

 

The content of the installation is determined by the student participants. We believe that the process of developing an idea, evaluating its relevance, and making the science accessible and interactive is just as important as designing and building the display. These conversations are the essence of what we aim to develop.

For this reason, the student participants will be actively involved in each stage of the project.

 

Student participants are expected to:

  • Brainstorm together to develop an idea or concept to share with the community
  • Identify a public location and secure permission for the installation
  • Design, build and install the piece
  • Participate in weekly seminars from leaders in the area of interactive science and science-art collaborations

 

As a result, the student participants will develop skills to communicate effectively across fields and with the broader community.

 

Support for the program, including student stipend and materials costs, come from the NSF (CHE-1454879).