Adler Planetarium Earthfest April 22, 2018 in the Community Design Lab from 9:30-3:30
We are all literally stardust. After the big bang, clouds of gas and dust formed into stars. In the stars, hydrogen and helium fused into heavier elements like oxygen, carbon, and all the elements necessary for life. Supernovae - explosions of stars -scattered elements into the universe. These scattered elements formed the planets and the elements that form our bodies and sustain our lives.
In our workshop, participants pulled a red string tied around a "star" to create a "supernova" and release the "elements." Pom-poms (elements) burst out of the white satchel (star.) Then people collected the pom-poms to create something to wear. As they walked around the museum they were encouraged to greet each other saying, "Hello Stardust!""
"The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” - Carl Sagan
"The atoms of our bodies are traceable to stars that manufactured them in their cores and exploded these enriched ingredients across our galaxy, billions of years ago. For this reason, we are biologically connected to every other living thing in the world. We are chemically connected to all molecules on Earth. And we are atomically connected to all atoms in the universe. We are not figuratively, but literally stardust." - Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson answers the question, "What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the universe?"
His answer inspired this project.
Feeding hungry minds one curious moment at a time.