The Biophilia Educational Program is designed to inspire children to explore their own creativity, and to learn about music and science through new technologies.
It is a hands-on program, groundbreaking in its highly original effort to break up conventional teaching modes by merging music and science together.
“Creativity as a Learning Tool” has been the slogan of this interdisciplinary program which was based upon Björk’s Biophilia concept. It uses the Biophilia App Suite to help link together diverse subjects with playful creativity and the interactive nature of the touch screen.
Suitable for children aged 8-15 (target group 10-12), the Biophilia Educational Program was launched in collaboration with Manchester International Festival 2011. The Program has since been further developed by Björk in collaboration with scientists from The University of Iceland and music and science teachers from Reykjavik City Schools.
The nature of the Biophilia Educational Program is particularly well suited for children with ADHD, dyslexia and other learning disabilities, and the program has been especially supportive and encouraging for them.
Reykjavik City’s Board of Education is currently running a mobile version of the Biophilia Educational Program in all of the city’s middle schools for the next three years. The New York Biophilia Recidency Workshops resulted in two Biophilia-based programs running for several months in New York Public Library and The Children’s Museum of Manhattan. The workshops in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Oslo, Norway have sparked interest in neighboring cities.