In this new middle school STEAM lesson, we are focusing on the connections between science and art through holograms! People of all ages are fascinated with holograms and it’s a great way to engage your middle schoolers in the design process through a unique medium.
In this lesson, we’re pairing the Next Generation Science Standard MS-PS4-1 which is all about using mathematical representation to describe design solutions with the Visual Art Standard VA: Cr2.3.7.a which references designing a work that clearly communicates an idea. The whole concept of close observation, as well as understanding the law of reflection in science lends itself beautifully to creating digital works of art in a unique medium.
One of the best things about this lesson is the exploration of how artists are using holograms to completely change the art viewing experience. Bringing personalization to the observation experience makes it more personal to each viewer and increases their desire to investigate at a deeper level. Which, of course, is what all good scientists do.
As part of this lesson, we have incorporated the use of Laser Classroom’s Peppergrams. These are available for $15 and you can use them to transform your phone into a hologram projector. They also have versions available for tablets. We featured these amazing tools as part of our mailed TinkerKits from our summer Arts Integration and STEAM conference and they were a huge hit.
Just so you know how they work, we’ve created a short video showing you how they are assembled and used in the classroom:
Tell us: have you ever used holograms in your classroom? What other unique media do you use to explore complex topics? Share it in the comments area below. And don’t forget… visit our lessons page for more free arts integration and steam lessons like this one.
Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.