The Cleveland Clinic Office of Civic Education Initiatives is pleased to present the 2009 virtual eXpressions™ eXhibition showcasing the amazing accomplishments of high school students who have participated in the eXpressions™ Art, Language, and Math programs.
Launched in 2005, eXpressions™ is an interdisciplinary initiative that utilizes creative expression to engage high school students in the world of scientific research. Through project-based, peer-to-peer learning, students produce interpretations of research studies conducted by Cleveland Clinic science interns.
This past fall, 39 high schools from across Ohio and Florida submitted more than 600 paintings, poems, sculptures, videos, essays, and short stories as a part of eXpressions™. This was a vigorous jump from the 350 submissions from 26 schools submitted in 2007.
Each year an esteemed panel of content specialists – art educators, professional writers and editors, math professors, and scientific researchers – evaluates the submissions on four criteria: interpretation of research; presentation of ideas; creativity; and technique or form. Exceptional entries are awarded one of four levels of recognition. In descending order they are: Blue Ribbon, Red Ribbon, White Ribbon, and Honorable Mention. One art submission, one language submission, and one math submission are also recognized as Best in Show for their respective programs.
Cleveland Clinic eXpressions™ is much more than a mere art, writing, and math competition, however. Tied to state and national academic standards, this innovative line of programs gives participants a deeper, real-world understanding of science and its connections to other disciplines while promoting creativity, innovation, communication, and teamwork. Plus, it gives high school students and their teachers the opportunity to earn college credit from Northeast Ohio universities: three undergraduate credit hours for students, and up to two graduate credit hours for teachers.
We thank you for your interest in eXpressions™, and we hope you share in our pride and amazement as you enjoy this year's virtual eXpressions™ eXhibition.
Bryan Pflaum, MFA
Director of Creative Learning
Office of Civic Education Initiatives