Columbia College creates unique collaboration between science and art students

Columbia College in Chicago offers creative opportunities for math and art students alike. For example, the school's theater department collaborated with its math and science department to create Voyage to the Origin, an exhibition that demonstrates Charles Darwin's findings on a journey around the world, according to the college.

Jacqueline Penrod, associate professor in the theater department, and Robin Whatley, assistant professor in the math and science department, created the concept for the project. The pair worked with students from the vertebrate paleontology honors and set design courses for eight weeks to chart Darwin's trip on the HMS Beagle from 1831 to 1836.

"Once all of us were on the same page, the designs really began to take off," said Adam Gorsky, set design student at Columbia. "To create this world in a way the general masses could accept, was one of the more trying challenges of Darwin's journey."

In order to prepare for the project, the students read Darwin's book, The Voyage of the Beagle, and the paleontology group made guides for the set designers.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average earnings for professionals in science, technology, engineering and math occupations are approximately $64,650 annually.

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