Education and Outreach

We are currently developing lesson plans and interactive workshops that combine clips from Audio Universe: Tour of the Solar System with tactile models to create an accessible, multi-sensory astronomy experience in the classroom. Indeed, the show was created to cover curriculum content for school pupils aged 8-14 (specifically using the published upper Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 curriculum in England). We hope to be able to travel in-person to schools around North-East England to deliver speciality workshops in the future, as well as from the Great North Museum in Newcastle. If you are an educator interested in bringing Audio Universe to your school, please connect with us at contactaudiouniverse@gmail.com

We will use our team partners in other countries to deliver activities too (including Italy and Spain). We will also release detailed lesson plans on this webpage, in as many languages as we can manage (initially in English, Italian and Spanish - the languages for which we have released the show).

For now, you can already make use of example sounds we have made for Audio Universe: Tour of the Solar System. If you do use the show in the classroom or in any other education setting and are able to collect feedback this would be very helpful for developing future shows. We have an evaluation form online here: https://forms.gle/x8use2vyPK2ZsQss5 . There are printable versions of the same form for general audiences here and for school pupils here.

Also, take a look at the resources available from these other projects below which aim to teach and communicate Astronomy and other science/technology skills using multi-sensory approaches.

Check Out These Other Multi-Sensory Projects!

Tactile Universe

Lessons plans and downloadable resources (including models for 3D printers), all based around using tactile models to represent Astronomy. Primarily for upper-elementary and high school pupils.

A Touch of the Universe

A tactile planetarium show of constellations ("The Sky in Your Hands") and 3D tactile models of the Moon, Venus, Mars, and Mercury among others.


SonoKids Ballyland

A suite of Apps to support students who are blind or have low vision build (assistive) technology skills and other fundamental skills.


SYSTEM Sounds

A suite of sound-based resources from this incredible sci-art project, bringing the cosmos to you through sound. This includes movies including sonification approaches and interactive applets covering everything from the Moon to the deepest edges of the Universe.

AstreOS

Suitable for adults and older students, access astronomical data from around the world, presented in an accessible way. With the phone App, point up to the night sky and get an audio description and sonification-based understanding of where you are pointing.

From Space to Sound

Brought to you by NASA and SYSTEM-Sounds, listen to some of the most incredible astronomical images ever taken with space-based telescopes including Hubble and Chandra. The images are given a new artistic dimension by representing them with sound.

CosMonic

A series of sonifications based around astronomy. CosMonic combines helpful animations with sonifications with the goal to communicate concepts in an accessible way to members of the public.