An aurora is the emission of light caused by collisions of highly energetic, charged particles originating from the plasma emitted by the sun (solar wind) with the gases in the part of the Earth’s atmosphere called the thermosphere. Students will learn about the epic battle between the Sun and the Earth and will be encouraged to create their artwork inspired by what they learnt about auroras.

This activity uses science to inspire students’ creativity and artistic expressions. The activity contains multidisciplinary concepts, combines Physics, Chemistry and Geography and uses scientific content as inspiration to make Art. Students start with a creative activity (tribe activity), which is followed by small inquiry activity (chasing auroras). They may also try to create an artificial aurora using a fluorescent lamp and a walkie-talkie. Next, they learn how powerful the Sun is and how the Erath protects itself. They search for artistic works inspired by this phenomenon and finally they create their own artwork inspired by what they learnt during the activity.

Didactical Hours: 4 didactical hours of 45-min. each

Prior Knowledge Requirements


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