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  • LEO Art Challenge Workshop

    The title of the challenge is:  Low Earth Orbit Art Challenge

    The LEO Art Challenge is offered by the National Space Society  to ages 10 - 18 and has been presented in teacher workshops to several different venues.

    The Challenge offers opportunities to display original work in the form of a zine, postcard or lithograph. The National Space Society prides itself in interdisciplinary opportunities for student learning and expressing!.

    Application:  STEAM: Science, Technology, the Arts and Math

    Classroom age appropriate:  10 - 18              Classroom Time: 60 - 90 minutes (can be segmented)

    Presenters:  Lynne Zielinski, Frances Dellutri

    The information presented in this workshop will help you guide students in submitting THEIR zines to the

    LEO Art Challenge: 

    Topics:  Low Earth Orbit, LEO, satellites, space debris, astronauts, International Space Station, orbits, gravity, momentum.

  • Lesson Plan

    The lesson plan below for LEO Art Challenge has been presented to various workshops for teachers as well as students.

  • Educational Standards for LEO Art Challenge


     • MS-PS3-5

    • MS-ESS-2



    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3   

    • CCSS-ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3.11-12.3




    • CCSS-ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.4   


  • Educational Objectives

    Students Will:

    - Collaborate, cooperate, and create a ‘zine’ that describes one of the phenomena and/or objects associated with LEO (Low Earth Orbit)

    - Engage in critical thinking as a 21st century skill

    - Apply knowledge to a creative form of art that provides technical information

    - Apply knowledge to write technical information in an artistic way 

    - Gain assistance in preparing a zine to submit to the SpacEdge LEO Art Challenge:

  • Zine Examples

    Art students made the attached zines.  Their science class required them to use zines to portray and explain a subject related to astronomy.

  • Supplies Needed for constructing a zine.

    Supply List:




    Scotch Tape

    Colored Pencils or Markers

    Zine Template  

    Copies of Zine 

  • Zine Template

    The LEO Art Challenge Zine Tempate can be downloaded. 

    Make a straight cut along the dashed lines.  Instructions on how to fold the template are found in the PowerPoint Presentation.

  • Resources: Websites and Links

    "How to Fold a Zine" video: 


     NASA Education Research Center regarding LEO topics:

    LEO Art Challenge website:

    This website contains all the information needed along with templates and printable examples of zines

     It also hosts a contest opportunity where students can submit a zine and gain a certificate.

    The Aurora  Dawn of the North

    This website gives the explanation of the aurora.

    SpacEdge Academy 

    The academy is an online learning network and repository containing this activity along with many other lessons and activities for both students and teachers.  

    LEO Art Challenge website:

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