ATTENTION TEACHERS & EDUCATORS
From June 1 to 23, you and your students are invited to explore the magic and wonder of GAIA through a guided 1.5 hour immersive experience unlike any other!
Teacher Resource Package
GAIA Teacher Resources prepared by Huron County Library System
Resources are organized under four headings:
- Library E-Resources, e.g., PebbleGo: Interactive articles in Health, Science, and Animals for students Grades K-3.
- Environment, e.g., Check out bird watching kits and seeds to grow your own garden!
- Huron County Museum Ripple Effect, e.g., Ripple Effect Pledge!
- Space, e.g. Borrow a telescope to explore space!
FREE for STUDENTS and EDUCATORS!
Thanks to a very generous gift from the Grand Bend Rotary Club, there will be no entrance cost for every young person and educator to enjoy the GAIA Adventure.
WHAT IS GAIA?
A touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram, GAIA is an extraordinary replica of Earth suspended from the ceiling of Trivitt Church in downtown Exeter. Created from detailed photos (120dpi) of the Earth’s surface shot from NASA missions, GAIA is a slowly revolving balloon measuring six metres (20 feet) in diameter.
A specially made composition played in surround-sound by the distinguished British composer Dan Jones is played alongside the sculpture in 30-minute cycles. The voices of astronauts aboard the spacecrafts, the resonance of the solar system and the composer’s own planetary interpretations are sounded in continuous play.
SEE FOR YOURSELF
CREDIT Martina Micuchova
The original word GAIA is derived from Greek mythology – the personiﬁcation of the Earth.
If a viewer could stand 211m away from the artwork, the Earth would appear to that viewer as it did to an astronaut standing on the moon. The artwork is 1.8 million times smaller than the real Earth with each centimetre of the internally lit sculpture depicting 18km of the Earth’s surface.
Secondary Schools: June 1, 2, 6 or 7
Elementary Schools: June 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, or 23.
BOOK YOUR ADVENTURE
Curriculum Connections for this exciting field trip include Environment, Science, Geography, Indigenous Studies, Arts, Humanities.