986 Spring 2019 Teaching Elementary Space Science with Music
Friday, 1:00–2:30, Apr. 26
Instructor: James Thorne
Music is an ideal medium to teach children about space science. This presentation will address teaching elementary space science through story songs; music as a teaching tool for attention and content; and memorization using songs for standardized test questions. Space science content for schools is available from many sources, such as planetarium shows, Air and Space Museum events, and interactions with media—such as Children’s Music Network, University Radio, and the Grammys Committee. The presentation will also address TV shows based on space science adventure songs and other demonstrations of educational songs.
Dr. James D. Thorne (Jim) retired from the US Air Force after a career in space technology, acquisition, and policy, with research in orbital mechanics and space propulsion. Thorne is a published recording artist with albums about space exploration for elementary science students and has performed at the Air and Space Museum.