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The science, art and writing initiative breaks down traditional barriers between the arts and sciences.

Through creative use of science in the classroom, SAW inspires artistic and scientific endeavour. Children realise that science and the arts are interconnected – and they discover new and exciting ways of looking at the world.

SAW projects are accessible to all ages and abilities. They stimulate exploration, enquiry and creativity.

And they are fun!

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See SAW for yourself

Browse the photographs to see SAW in action in schools, plus some of the inspiring work the pupils created.

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See more Artwork and Poety from our Schools Projects.

SAW in Schools

Why are people excited about SAW?

“What made the SAW projects stand out… was the quality of the input and interactions of the scientists, artists and writers with the children… [It] provides a model of how apparently disparate elements of the curriculum can be combined to great effect… The experiences and perceptions it provided of working science are irreplaceable… It would be very good to be able to extend this to more Norfolk Schools.”
Kevin Blogg, Norfolk County Council

“SAW is truly inspirational. The children’s work is really outstanding… I am very impressed by the quality of the poetry and artwork… As someone who has not specialised in science… I have learned a lot and quite simply had not previously been exposed to the beauty of science.”
David White, Chief Executive of Norfolk County Council

“The SAW process is truly innovative in bringing together scientists, artist and writers to inspire both teachers and children to communicate their science imaginatively. The results… are inspirational… it shows how curious minds are harnessed to develop children’s creative potential in science.”
Rosemary Feasey, Past Chair, Association for Science Education

“One of our objectives at NESTA is to support imaginative ways of engaging the public with science. The SAW project clearly demonstrates this, portraying science in a refreshing and thought-provoking way.”
Venu Dhupa, NESTA Fellowship Director

“This project has a life of its own. It has captured the imaginations of not only my colleagues, but my students and their students and schools.”
Professor Louise Swiniarski, School of Education, Salem State College, US

“I believe that science can be made more attractive, less alienating and more rewarding for pupils when they can engage with it creatively and are encouraged to make a personal response.”
Dr Jeremy Airey, Science Co-ordinator, National Science Learning Centre, UK

“It offers a flexible way of working which can be tailored to suit any age group, theme or area of the curriculum.”
Dr Marilyn Fryer, Director, Creativity Centre, UK

“SAW dissolves borders and melds worlds.”
Professor Clive Scott, Head of the School of Literature and Creative Writing, University of East Anglia

“See Saw is wonderful. The poems and pictures are really great. To think of E. coli as a pet or to consider nerve cells “gossiping with your brain”really demonstrates the power of bringing together science, art and writing in the educational experiences of children.”
Dr Allan Shwedel, Education Programme Evaluator, School of Education, Salem State College, US

“I think that See Saw is beautiful. Such a wonderful outcome of Anne’s NESTA award.”
Venu Dhupa, National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA)

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