Educational storytelling "Tell me a fact and I'll learn. Tell me the truth and I'll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever." - Indian Proverb
Science and stories Shows such as "Tales from the Blender" use personal tales of scientific discovery or stories that appear unrelated to science yet illustrate scientific principles or ideas. The science outreach is achieved without detracting from the engaging factor of traditional storytelling.
Science storytelling for kids The show "Storytellers bring Science to kids" brings the enchantment of scientific discovery to kids. The science adventure story is complemented by scientific experiments following the show, for instance the ants-on-stilts experiment.
Computer Science & storytelling in universities Stories are useful educational tools to illustrate core scientific concepts. In Computer Science stories form handy tools to illustrate key principles. Teaching the key idea in the proof of the halting problem or the use of duality in polynomial reducibility proofs (P = NP?) can be supported through aptly chosen stories. For details, check out the (ever-evolving) book "Theory of Computation". The all-powerful wizard and the stone story in Section 7.8 illustrates the key idea in the halting problem proof. The camel race story in Section 12.1 illustrates the principle of duality, related to its use in polynomial time reducibility. I work towards illustrating the central computer science principles through stories with my friend and fellow-storyteller Joel ben Izzy. Stay tuned for more updates.
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