NEW BRITAIN - Students in kindergarten through eighth grade across Connecticut will showcase their artwork at the New Britain Museum of American art today as part as the i2i Challenge’s “Under the Sea” opening reception.
The i2i - inspiration 2 innovation - Challenge is a partnership between the museum and the Talcott Mountain Science Center and Academy in Avon to show students how STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects relate with art.
According to the challenge guidelines on the Talcott Mountain Science Center website, the theme of “Under the Sea” was inspired by the fact that oceans cover about 70 percent of the planet’s surface and scientists are still exploring what lies beneath.
“We’ve seen swordfish swim as fast as cars can drive (60 mph), whales that can dive underwater for 90 minutes or more between breaths, and animals like the octopus who camouflage themselves to blend in seamlessly in their surrounding - all examples of art and engineering in nature,” the website reads.
The students were encouraged to use that inspiration to create or illustrate a work of art that focuses on aesthetic value, an engineering concept and/or solving a real-world problem.
Tuesday’s opening reception will run from 6 to 7 p.m. and is open to the general public. The artwork will be on view at the museum until March 25.
For more information, visit nbmaa.org or call the front desk at 860-229-0257.