Singing about space brings STEAM to Bailey STEM Magnet

Bailey Spacetacular

Bailey Spacetacular

Only in Nashville would a songwriter and an astronomer get together for a CD of songs that actually teach science.

Singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman worked with astronomer Rocky Alvey and the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory to produce “The Mighty Sky,” an album of songs about astronomy.

Today they came together with students from Bailey STEM Magnet Middle for the “Space-tacular.” Students helped Beth sing some of the songs from the album and do their own scientific demonstrations.

Here’s the best part: all of the lyrics on “The Mighty Sky” were written in strict adherence to the state science standards and Com­mon Core State Standards. The songs were given to the Science and English Language Arts teachers at Bailey STEM Magnet Middle to work into classroom lessons.

This program represents the school’s vision for STEM, project based learning, and the future of Bailey STEM- “exploring the world; inventing the future.” It’s an engaging example of how STEM and the arts (STEAM) are intricately related.

Bailey Spacetacular

Bailey Spacetacular

Thank you to Vanderbilt University Dyer Observatory and Beth Nielsen Chapman for giving Bailey STEM scholars a very unique and engaging experience.

 

Watch Terry Bulger tell this story on WSMV Channel 4 News.

Posted on February 22, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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