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Adam Johnston and Erik Stern are professors at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and known for their ground-breaking interdisciplinary work in education. Erik Stern co-directs an in- ternationally touring dance company that has pioneered con- nections between dance and mathematics. He is a designated teaching artist with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education Program, and has co-authored the book Math Dance with Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern. Adam John- ston is a physics professor with a focus in science education. He works with teachers and students throughout the state to bring science into classrooms and everyday life, earning him awards from the Utah Science Teachers Association and the Governor’s Science and Technology Medal.
Science and the Arts are different, right? In Forces at Play, Adam and Erik, along with three accomplished dancers, take the audience on a whimsical, accessible, and visually packed ride into the surprising and valuable connections be- tween dance and physics. Audience members become experi- menters too. The result of three years of collaboration, Adam and Erik have performed their work for thousands of students and educators (3rd grade through college), as well as general audiences. The accompanying workshops have been presented nationally for science and dance conferences. Participants expe- rience easy to use activities that build on the