Curriculum areas:

Science – earth and space, forces, scientific vocabulary
English – considering different viewpoints, speaking for different purposes

Stargazing transports children to a dusty loft in Florence during 1633 to wait for the great scientist and astronomer Galileo to arrive and address them. As they wait they meet with Andreas, the child of Galileo’s housekeeper and together begin to practically explore Galileo’s theories on planetary motion using the models and notes that the great man has left lying around. Their experimentation is interrupted by Cardinal Barbarini who informs the children that Galileo has been arrested as a heretic. The children use their new knowledge to try and get Galileo released from prison. To succeed they must convince Cardinal Barbarini that what Galileo says is not heresy but fact.

Stargazing uses the story of Galileo and fuses participatory drama with science, recreating experiments that illustrate the passage of the planets through space

“Without education, how can you learn to read, and know what is written in that Good Book” – Participant

“A fantastic session. My class absolutely loved it! It has made learning real to them” – Teacher




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