Teacher Tools

The Teacher Tools section provides resources, downloadable activity guides and tutorials for the Space Messengers project. This includes articles, essays and research papers that support the Space Messengers project theme; How earth and space science explored through the arts, humanities and philosophy can help our youth become more informed and empathatic global citizens and cultural producers in our digital society.


Act#1:Meet & Greet

In this lesson students are introduced to the Space Messengers project and learn to use the Space Board. They get to know their team through an Avatar activity and create a profile and bio on the Space Board.


In this lesson students will watch the Dr. Catarina Pombo Nabais video, and create word clouds from the video transcript.  This lesson introduces the connection between art, science and philosophy that will be integrated throughout the workshop.

Act#3:Multi-Messenger Futures

In this lesson students watch and discuss the video presentations of Dr. Nicole Lloyd-Ronning, LANL Astrophysicist and Frank Tavares, NASA Communication Specialist.

Act#4: Tagtool Art Making

In this lesson students work with Tagtool artist, Markus Dorninger, to collect, create and animate imagery for the Space Messengers installation.

BioSTEAM Teacher Wiki

We are living in a transformative century where new scientific discoveries and technologies are radically reframing they way we think and interact in every aspect of our lives with the potential to expand our worldview and sense of self. How can an expanded sense of self be explored through the merging of art and culture with science and technology? How can this exploration develop empathy and a deeper connection to our humanity and nature? Never before has it been so urgent for our youth to be prepared to solve local and global humanitarian and environmental challenges.  These challenges require out of the box creative thinking and unique transdisciplinary skills inherent in STEAM education.

So why is the path to creating integrated STEAM activities in our schools and classrooms so challenging and overwhelming? Why are we so resistant to learning new technologies? How can STEM/STEAM activities be more culturally responsive? How can "I" integrate science if I am not a scientist? How can "I" integrate art if I am not an artist? How do we create interdisciplinary projects within the constraints of the 20th century structured classroom? These are questions that we are continually addressing through the STEMarts Lab. The BioSTEAM Teacher Wiki below has links to articles, posts and research that explore these underlying questions and can provide insight and inspiration. We also include links with background information on science discoveries, fields of study or art genres referred to in the BioSTEAM projects that may be new to you. Select specific topics from the Word Cloud or select VIEW ALL in the Word Cloud to see all entries. The size of the word is proportional to the amount of links under that topic.