Odyssey Expeditionary School


In 2012, the Mizel Museum sponsored us to produce a unitque curriculum for the Odyssey School, an expeditionary public school in Denver, Colorado. Celestial Bodies: The Cosmos & You! engaged students in a robust investigation uniting space exploration, engineering and biology. Odyssey crews explored the connections between living, planetary and robotic systems through this transdisciplinary workshop. Crews produced a large solar system sculpture featuring planets, moons and small bodies which was installed in the classroom. They also studied and created mini NASA missions to populate their installation. From the first Sputnik model hung, student's vision of humanity's place in space was transformed - space is indeed a human endeavor. This workshop formed the incubator for our All Systems Go curriculum which investigates the connections between human, planetary and engineering systems.


We returned to Odyssey in 2013 for an exciting investigation of energy and sustainability through kinetic sculpture. Students analyzed statistical data about global energy production and consumption patterns. Groups worked to synthesize their discoveries through the creation of Energy Balance Mobiles. The mobiles were visual representations of statistical data and we're featured in a family night exhibition. Crews also made video logs of their process and discoveries to teach others about their countries of interest.

Both residencies at Odyssey were made possible with generous support of the Mizel Museum and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District of Denver (SCFD).