GSO in Romania

In April, the GSO production manager was given the opportunity for an Erasmus+ exchange visit to Romania, and what a wonderful opportunity! First stop was the Fine  arts department at Ovidiu University of Constanta. The students and teachers here got an introduction to the GSO and to eco-design, and we had several in-depth conversations about the importance of creativity and the arts. A group of sporty students embarked on an experimental co-creative design/drawing-session.

Our talented colleagues in Constanta, Alina and Razvan.

The next stop was Bucharest, where I spent several days with our alpha-contact, Felicia. She has done an amazing job in adapting the GSO-methodology to suit the Romanian school-system. They have expanded the menu of artistic contributions to include artforms as poems and essays. Hopefully we will be able to share some of these contributions soon.

As part of the visit, the Romanian Ministry of Education hosted an online workshop for teachers across Romania, who all got an introduction into the GSO methodology.

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Unfold the Universe 2023

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Unfold the Universe

The bright star at the center of NGC 3132, while prominent when viewed by NASA’s Webb Telescope in near-infrared light, plays a supporting role in sculpting the surrounding nebula. A second star, barely visible at lower left along one of the bright star’s diffraction spikes, is the nebula’s source. It has ejected at least eight layers of gas and dust over thousands of years.
But the bright central star visible here has helped “stir” the pot, changing the shape of this planetary nebula’s highly intricate rings by creating turbulence. The pair of stars are locked in a tight orbit, which leads the dimmer star to spray ejected material in a range of directions as they orbit one another, resulting in these jagged rings.
Hundreds of straight, brightly-lit lines pierce through the rings of gas and dust. These “spotlights” emanate from the bright star and stream through holes in the nebula like sunlight through gaps in a cloud.
But not all of the starlight can escape. The density of the central region, set off in teal, is reflected by how transparent or opaque it is. Areas that are a deeper teal indicate that the gas and dust are denser – and light is unable to break free.
Data from Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) were used to make this extremely detailed image. It is teeming with scientific information – and research will begin following its release.
This is not only a crisp image of a planetary nebula – it also shows us objects in the vast distances of space behind it. The transparent red sections of the planetary nebula – and all the areas outside it – are filled with distant galaxies.
Look for the bright angled line at the upper left. It is not starlight – it is a faraway galaxy seen edge-on. Distant spirals, of many shapes and colors, also dot the scene. Those that are farthest away – or very dusty – are small and red.
For a full array of Webb’s first images and spectra, including downloadable files, please visit: https:

The opera is inspired by the data and images from the James Webb Telescope, and in collaboration with NASA. 31 groups and schools from 17 countries are now sharing their scientific understanding through artistic creations through song, music, dance, acting and eco-art.

 

Monday, November 20th at 2 pm cet we will
Unfold the Universe!
This is the link:

 

GSO workshops in Arizona, USA

Global Science Opera (GSO) workshops in Phoenix, Arizona!

GSO workshops were held in September at Arizona School for the Arts (ASA) by Oded Ben-Horin, together with science educator Jeff Steinert. The workshops were held in four science classes and a music ensemble class during which students used a science-inspired cryptogram created by music educator Thomas Breadon as inspiration for improvisations. In addition, Ben-Horin provided a talk about GSO for the whole school. These activities were part of ASA’s participation in this year’s opera production, Unfold the Universe.

Jeff Steinert, science educator, Arizona School for the Arts

Brazil – Rio de Janeiro state

Several GSO workshops were held in the state of Rio de Janeiro in September. During a meeting at the headquarters of the State’s Minister of Education, it was agreed that the state would set in motion a state-wide GSO action in 2024. The action will include the offering of GSO participation to 36 high schools. Furthermore, several GSO workshops and school visits were conducted in the cities of Campos, São Francisco de Itabapoana, and São João da Barra.

Image (right to left): Professor Amanda Passalini, Pedagogical Coordinator of the North Fluminense Regional Coordination; Professor Joilza Rangel (Undersecretary of Education), Professor Roberta Barreto de Oliveira, Minister of Education of the State of Rio de Janeiro; Dr. Oded Ben-Horin, Head of Department of Arts Education at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and coordinator of the Global Science Opera; Dr. Marcelo Souza, Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense Darcy Ribeiro\Coordinator of GSO’s activities in Brazil.

Image (right to left): Dr. Oded Ben-Horin, Head of Department of Arts Education at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and coordinator of the Global Science Opera; Dr. Marcelo Souza, Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense Darcy Ribeiro\Coordinator of GSO’s activities in Brazil.

GSO in Sri Lanka

The wonderful girls in Sri Lanka are collaborating with the equally amazing Indian students in creating the main story for Unfold the Universe. Again we were so warmly welcomed and we had an unforgettable week!

“We are the universe experiencing itself!” was the motto for the science-group. And we sure did experience this week!

A lot of different approaches to creative STEAM-education with new classes all during the week.

The girls in the science-club, who organized everything during the week, including a science – arts-presentation and the history of the telescope (both available in our teaching resources)

The week ended with an exhibition and several presentations.

Some of the girls embarking on eco-art – stitching the universe.

GSO in India

Two tutors from the GSO-team visited Gujarat, India in February, leading workshops for the students and teachers who are working with the main-story of Unfold the Universe. It was an amazing experience for the foreigners, being greeted with amazing hospitality and celebration. A few photos will show part of the process in the workshops. Our main partner in India, the KHOJ science | arts | innovation institution and museums were hosts to this incredible week.

         

Surat  workshop above.

These amazing teachers have guided their students to win prices on the national level in science-education.

A ritual ceremony before we start the workshop.

Discussing how we can translate a science-question into a story.

Brazil-visit

Following the week in Colombia, the GSO-team continued on to Brazil. In just seven days we visited  Santa Maria Madalena, Sao Joao da Barra, Sao Francesco Itabapoana and Campos, attending the 15th International Meeting of Astronomy and AstroPhysics. In addition to a well of interesting presentations, it was also the premiere of the second Brazil Science Opera!

And as if this wasn’t enough, there was a book-launch of  “Aventuras Atraves do Espacio-Tempo – Historia em quandrinos”. This book tells the story of a science opera created by students , supported by three teachers in Campos which had premiered earlier in the spring.

We also managed to squeeze in a nightly road-trip to the National Dark Skies Park.

Below are some of all the wonderful people we met during the week.

 

Colombia

In April, the GSO-team visited Colombia. We had a wonderful week in beautiful Colombia, meeting so many great people, enthusiastic and engaged.  Visiting several Universities and schools.