Universe of Learning Artful Exoplanets: Creating Imaginary Worlds

Jul 2018– The Dome: Springfield's Center for Innovation, and Project Jerico at CCJDC, both hosted a project based learning program entitled "Artful Exoplanets: Creating Imaginary Worlds." The curriculum was created by the Springfield Museum of Art and funded in part by the Smithsonian's Universe of Learning Grant. Students learned about exoplanets, space visualization, and computer coding through online NASA portals and the YouthAstronet portal.This led to their creation of colored photographic images of the cosmos, sculptures of imagined alien life, and watercolor paintings of the exoplanets they live on. This online exhibition features the watercolor paintings created by the middle school students at The Dome and high school students at CCJDC.