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Welcome and Introduction


Through completing this course you’ll be able to:

  • explore the benefits of interdisciplinary planning to understanding the links to space science.
  • understand a range of literacy tools in supporting learning across STEAM subjects.
  • explain the importance of role models in inspiring a STEAM approach to learning.
  • linking the use of cosmology to the visual arts.


Session 1 – The Art of Astrophysics – Project Background [10 mins]

In this session, we will:

  • Question our own relationship with space science
  • Explore the benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Make predictions about how STEAM learning can be used to teach astrophysics
  • Discuss the value of role models in the curriculum

Session 2 – The Art of Astrophysics – Literacy in STEAM [20 mins]

In this session, we will:

  • Discuss the role of literacy in science lessons
  • Explore how poetry can be used as a science communication tool
  • Discuss techniques that make poems effective
  • Create success criteria to make poetry writing tasks purposeful

Session 3 – The Art of Astrophysics – Music and Drama in STEAM [30 mins]

In this session, we will:

  • Discuss some of the challenges we might face integrating music and drama into our science lessons
  • Explore how role models can help us overcome some of these challenges
  • Use the life stories of role models to create monologue readings
  • Describe how artificial intelligence can be used to speed up the planning of these tasks

Session 4 – The Art of Astrophysics – Visual art in STEAM [20 mins]

In this session, we will:

  • Outline how cosmology has influenced visual art throughout history
  • Demonstrate the role of visual art in science
  • Learn how scientific data can be used to create artistic impressions
  • Review the course content

Evaluation – Formative Assessment [10 mins]