Science Through Storytelling: We Share the Same Moon
25 June 2019
Credit: We Share the Same Moon
We Share the Same Moon is an innovative project that was developed to create an inclusive approach to science education, by introducing science through storytelling. This initiative is a collaborative effort between storyteller Cassandra Wye and astrophysicist Megan Argo who sought to bring science education to the classroom in a creative and innovative way, using stories about the Moon and connections to the 50th anniversary of the 1969 moon landing. The We Share the Same Moonproject emphasises that the Moon is something that can be seen in the night sky from anywhere in the world, and all cultures have their own tales about how the Moon came to be, why it changes shape, and why its surface is marked.
The stories assembled intend to spark children’s imagination and to lead them into science exploration, enabling both educators and children to enjoy learning science together, with a minimum of resources and the maximum of creativity and fun. Storytelling resources of folktales of the Moon are being gathered from over 170 communities living in the United Kingdom and will be compiled as written text, audio recordings, “Kamishibai” (Japanese Story Cards) and BSL interpreted film. The initiative also assembles various science resource with a range of creative activities for various age groups in and out of formal education. The stories and resources can be explored on the We Share the Same Moon website.
Currently, the We Share the Same Mooninitiative is testing and evaluating stories and science activities with partner schools in and around the United Kingdom. The project is funded by grants from the Arts Council England, the Science and Technology Facilities Council, the Royal Astronomical Society, and is an IAU100 Special Project.