If you are a regular reader of our social media or monthly newsletter (sign up here if you would like to be!), you may have heard whisperings of our newest partnership. If not, here's the news: Cerebella Design has partnered with the UVM College of Medicine's Project MICRO Chapter, which provides science education outreach to middle schools around the state. We are very excited about this opportunity and appreciate the support of Douglas Taatjes, Ph.D., Professor of Pathology and Director of the Microscopy Imaging Center, as well as Jan Schwarz, Senior Lab/Research Technician and Project MICRO lead-- both at UVM College of Medicine.
In a sense, Cerebella has come full circle to the classroom setting in which the concept for biology-inspired textiles was born. While our patterns are a whimsical combination of science and art, they have an educational mission at their core. By bringing the microscopic world to life through wearable accessories, the mysteries of a world invisible to the naked eye suddenly become more tangible.
As I began curriculum development for "Cerebella Ed" outreach, I was serendipitously directed towards Project MICRO. As Jan explains, " Project Micro (Microscopy in Curriculum, Research-Outreach) exposes Vermont Middle School students to the wonders of their microscopic world. They observe bizarre brine shrimp and bugs, 'filch' fingerprints and are mesmerized by minuscule pond water inhabitants. They compare and contrast fabulous flowers, diverse design techniques, and fascinating fabrics..."
After hearing more about the program, there was no doubt in my mind that Cerebella "teaching textiles" were a perfect fit for these activity stations that expose students to microscopy while they explore biology, material science, art, technology, and more. This winter marked the beginning of classroom visits in Vermont, through which I could share my love of science and art with 5th and 6th graders by integrating Cerebella textiles into Project MICRO interactive learning stations with Jan Schwarz. These early classroom visits will shape the future of our education programming, and I look forward to working with Project MICRO to reach students in Vermont and beyond who have budding interests in science and art.
Learn more about Project MICRO here!