Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students will make comparisons between traditional 3D Solar System models and modern interpretations of Space in art, including artwork by Maria Ignacia Edwards, to develop a scientifically accurate artwork of the Solar System. Students will investigate how scale, size and space are important elements in producing accurate representations of real objects as well as addressing the misconceptions that can be created from using limited models. Students will also be required to conduct an in-depth research and design task during which they will need to propose and build a scientifically sound model. 

Created in partnership with education specialists, OfficeMax, this STEAM lesson demonstrates how science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics are interrelated. The lesson requires students to draw on and develop skills from all areas to complete their project.

 

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand why scale is an important concept in real life applications.
  • Students recognise misconceptions in simplified scientific models and explore the effects of these.
  • Students are able to conduct research to find accurate information regarding Space and the Solar System.
  • Students are able to use scale and other mathematical skills to present scientifically accurate models of the Solar System.

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 10 Science

  • The universe contains features including galaxies, stars and solar systems, and the Big Bang theory can be used to explain the origin of the universe (ACSSU188)
  • Scientific understanding, including models and theories, is contestable and is refined over time through a process of review by the scientific community (ACSHE191)
  • Critically analyse the validity of information in primary and secondary sources, and evaluate the approaches used to solve problems (ACSIS206)
  • Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations (ACSIS208)

Year 10 Maths

  • Substitute values into formulas to determine an unknown (ACMNA234)

Year 10 Visual Arts

  • Plan and design artworks that represent artistic intention (ACAVAM128)
  • Evaluate how representations communicate artistic intentions in artworks they make and view to inform their future art making (ACAVAR130)

Syllabus outcomes: SC5-12ES, SC5-7WS, SC5-8WS, SC5-9WS, VAS5.5, VAS5.7, VAS5.10.

General capabilities: Literacy, Numeracy, Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability.

Relevant parts of Year 10 Science achievement standards: Students evaluate the evidence for scientific theories that explain the origin of the universe and the diversity of life on Earth. They evaluate the validity and reliability of claims made in secondary sources with reference to currently held scientific views, the quality of the methodology and the evidence cited. Students construct evidence-based arguments and select appropriate representations and text types to communicate science ideas for specific purposes.

Relevant parts of Year 10 Maths achievement standards: Students find unknown values after substitution into formulas. 

Relevant parts of Year 10 Visual Arts achievement standards: Students evaluate how representations communicate artistic intentions in artworks they make and view. 

Topic: STEAM.

Unit of work: STEAM Made Simple – Secondary.

Time required: 120 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – the teacher will lead students through the class project and provide scaffolding to groups as needed. The complexity of the project can be altered to suit the class or group.

Resources required: Device capable of presenting a website to the class. Student Worksheet (one per student). Resources Required (teacher copy).

Related Professional Development: STEAM Made Simple

Keywords: Scale, Space, Solar System, STEAM, STEM.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand why scale is an important concept in real life applications.
  • Students recognise misconceptions in simplified scientific models and explore the effects of these.
  • Students are able to conduct research to find accurate information regarding Space and The Solar System.
  • Students are able to use scale and other mathematical skills to present scientifically accurate models of the Solar System.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... explain why scale is important when examining real life objects.
  • ... recognise and acknowledge misconceptions in scientific models.
  • ... find information on the Solar System including the size of planets, space between planets and orbital paths.
  • ... use of scale and other mathematical skills to convert information concerning the Solar System into an accurate model.

Teacher content information:

STEAM Education

Over recent years, the importance of STEM has been heavily promoted and

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