How can you tell the difference between a quasar and an asteroid? Just ask G10!
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How can you tell the difference between a quasar and an asteroid? Just ask G10!

“It was truly amazing to learn what is beyond our reach of view”, said Juan (10Y). Students in grade 10 have been learning about the fundamentals of the Universe.

By Steve Weatherell, physics teacher

10P and 10Y began by looking at the solar system and each student made a slide about one celestial body. These slides were then combined into a slideshow for the whole class to refer to.

Next, we widened our horizons and each student looked at different types of phenomena in the Universe (from neutron stars to dark energy). They each created a Universal Library, containing different phenomena. After the students read each other’s Universal Library, I asked them to make their learning visible.

Memes and social media profiles


Alice (10Y) said: “We were tasked with making a meme or a profile of a part of the universe, whether exoplanets, quasars, or blackholes”. “I was able to understand more about supernovas and how they are created” said Rafaela (10Y). “I decided to make memes”, said Kristina (10Y), “because… they make small pieces of knowledge attainable and interesting”.

Emmanuel (10Y) “tried to make them humorous and at the same time give the information intended”. “It’s a nice change making a meme or a news piece to provide information” said Olivier (10Y). “I really enjoyed this activity because it gave us a chance to be more creative and have fun with Physics”, said Emmylou (10Y), “and it lets us understand the content of space better!”

Creative and scientific

I told the students they had to be creative and scientific, and I think you’ll agree they were! As a teacher, I am very happy to work with so many students who are enthusiastic, creative and interested in Science, even when they have to follow lessons remotely!