Teacher Tools

The Teacher Tools contain the lesson/activity guides below which can be implemented as a self-guided tool. They provides resources and tutorials for the Space Messengers project. This includes articles, essays and research papers that support the Space Messengers project theme; How exploring our universe through the lens of science, arts, humanities and philosophy can help our youth develop artistic, scientifc and humanistic literacy in order to become more informed and compassionate global citizens and creative cultural producers in our digital society.

How it Works

This site is designed for teachers to explore the sci-art content with their students. The icon menu above contains all the resources needed to participate in the project: Teacher Tools, Design Tool, Artist Page, StoryMap and Speakers. The Design Tool is the Get Started guide that takes you through the stages of the design process to complete the project. The Artist page has all the information about the Space Messengers installation and the artists. StoryMap is a GIS interactive map that tracks the people, places, stories and events of Space Messengers as it travels around the world. Speakers page includes the video presentations of each interdiscipinary workshop guest that has contributed to the Space Messengers project. The STEMarts Standards page provides a breakdown of how each project aligns with national and international standards.


Meet & Greet

In this lesson you will prepare your students for the first day of the workshop called Meet & Greet. In the workshop they will be introduced to the Space Messengers project, meet the facilitators and get to know their team through an Avatar activity and icebreaker game.


Science, Art & Philosophy

In this lesson you will prepare your students for the second day of the workshop called Science, Art & Philosophy. Students will meet and hear from Dr. Catarina Pombo Nabais who will introduce the connection between art, science and philosophy that will be integrated throughout the workshop.


Space Science

In this lesson you will prepare your students for the third day of the workshop called Space Science. Students will meet and hear from Dr. Nicole Llyod-Ronning an Astrophysicist and Frank Tavares a NASA Communication Specialist.


Body as Language

In this lesson you will prepare your students for week 4 of the workshop called Body as Language. In the workshop they will be working with Markus on creative exploration and developing gestural silhouettes that express our connection to the universe, to each other and to other species. In the Friday workshop we’ll share the drawings and images that students have created and uploaded to the Space Board gallery. Markus will demonstrate how he uses software to collage and integrate their images into video silhouettes. Students will be able to collaborate with him in choosing and combining images and effects.


Particle Physics Meets Lakota Cosmology

In this lesson you will prepare your students for the fifth day of the workshop called Particle Physics Meets Lakota Cosmology. Students will meet and hear from Dr. Steven Goldfarb a particle physicist, and Steve Tamayo a Lakota artist and cultural specialist as they discuss the parallels between native and western science. Indigenous science incorporates traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and Indigenous perspectives, while non-Indigenous scientific approaches are commonly recognized as Western science. In this lesson students will hear both perspectives from experts in the field and discover how they each contribute to modern science and combined provide a greater understanding of the universe.


Sound & Light

In this lesson you will prepare your students for week 6 of the workshop called Sound & Light. In the workshop they will be working with artist Markus Dorninger, and meeting sound designer and educator David Novack. In this Art session we will learn about the artful physics and creative applications of light and sound that will be practiced for the traveling Space Messengers art installation in the fall. Additionally, we’ll share the activities that students have created and/or uploaded to the Space Board gallery with plenty of time for discussion and questions.


Futures Thinking: Reimagining Humanity

In this lesson you will prepare your students for the last day of the 7-week Space Messengers workshop called Futures Thinking: Reimagining Humanity. They will learn about ‘futures thinking’ and how it is applied to solve global problems and in our everyday life. They will use these ideas to synthesize what they learned in the workshop through writing and drawing activities.

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.


The Space Messengers project is made possible in part by the Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund for U.S. Alumni; an opportunity sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by Partners of the Americas. Thanks also to our sponsors at the U.S. Embassy of Portugal, Consulate General of Guadalajara, Taos Community Foundation, and the MAE Foundation.