BioSTEAM Design Tool

Get Started!

The BioSTEAM Design Tool provides the step-by-step process to participate in the Space Messengers Mixed Reality installation that will be traveling around the world. Through the Design Tool you will;

  • Connect. Become a STEAM Ambassador. Collaborate, learn and create with students around the world.
  • Explore. Meet the artists and explore the art of live performance projection, data visualization and video mapping.
  • Research. Research the science behind the art. Watch the videos of science and cultural experts sharing their unique knowledge about the universe.
  • Create. Co-write space messages and collect/animate the images that will become part of the art.
  • Radiate. Radiate out to the world your thoughts and wishes for a sustainable interplanetary future as part of a traveling installation at festivals.

Connect with students in other countries

Connect with the students from your partner school to collaborate on the Space Messengers sci-art installation as a shared experience. Become a STEAM Ambassador representing your community and your country.

  • Have your teacher register your school to be assigned a partner school.
  • Once you have been assigned a STEMarts team to collaborate with, enter the keyword Avatar Greet to see the activity where you will get to know your team by creating and sharing your own Avatars.
  • Enter the keyword CONNECT to access all the Avatar resources and tools to connect with each other.
  • You are now ready to start collaborating as a team on the Space Messengers project.

Explore the art. Meet the artists

Explore the Artist Page to meet the artists, Agnes Chavez and Markus Dorninger, and the creative team who have collaborated to make possible the Space Messengers sci-art installation.

  • Watch the videos of their past installations to get a glimpse of the kind of art we will be creating together.
  • Learn about the features of the Space Messengers installation; Tagtool live projection, Interactive real-time messaging, interactive soundscape and mixed reality event.
  • Explore the BioSTEAM wiki below to find out more about the technology that is used in these new art forms.
  • Want to try out some of these free art making tools on your own? Search TECH TOOLS in the BioSTEAM wiki to find tutorials and free downloads.

Research the science behind the art

Watch the Speaker videos to meet the scientists and interdisciplinary experts who have informed the Space Messengers installation. Enter the keyword RESEARCH in the STEAM wiki below to find out more about their work. Try out the Citizen Science apps to help scientists collect data that makes these new discoveries possible.

  • Understand the universe through particle physics, from CERN physicist, Dr. Steven Goldfarb. 
  • See how wrinkles in spacetime open up new windows to the universe with astrophysist, Dr. Nicole Lloyd-Ronning.
  • Delve into the role of planetary protection in space exploration through Frank Tavares, NASA communication specialist.
  • Explore the magnificent adventure of philosophy, science and art with sci-art curator, Dr. Catarina Pombo-Nabais to see how we as human beings find meaning in the universe.
  • Experience your connection to the stars and our obligations for protecting the land, water and plants on Grandmother Earth, with Lakota Cultural specialist, Steve Tamayo.

Time to create!

Now that you have been connected and collaborated with your STEMarts team to explore the universe through art, science and technology, it is time to create by communicating what you learned through a collaborative writing and drawing platform.

  • Enter the keyword Space Messaging Tutorial in the BioSTEAM wiki below to learn how you will use the Space Board to co-write science facts, and share your thoughts and wishes for a sustainable future. 
  • Login to the Space Board to start chatting and co-writing messages with your STEMarts team.
  • Enter the keyword Tagtool Tutorial in the BioSTEAM wiki to learn how to collect and animate earth/space images that will be used to fill in the body silhouettes projected in the final event.
  • Enter the keyword CREATE into the STEAM wiki below to access all the tools and resources you need to start creating.

Radiate your messages out to the world

The space messages and images that you created are automatically integrated into the Space Messengers installation and will be projected at Festivals around the world. Space Messengers will be inaugurated at the Festival Internacional de Ciencia e Arte in Lisbon on October 11-17, 2021 in conjunction with a livestream projection event in Taos, New Mexico as a satellite event for The PASEO festival.

  • Your messages will be seen projected live and also scrolling on the Space Messengers website in real time for each event.
  • You can attend the event in person if it's in your city, or via live stream through the Space Messengers website. 
  • The audience whether in person or online can interact by sending messages from their devices.