DiSTARS aims to test a synchronised integration of Art and STEM in the primary curriculum, simulating the ways in which subjects naturally connect in the real world.
Combining scientific inquiry with artistic expression (e.g. visual and performing arts), storytelling, and by using existing digital tools (such as the DiSTARS storytelling platform) along with AR and VR technology, the project aims to capture the imagination of young students and provide them with one of their early opportunities for digital creative expression.
The selected thematic area of study is Space Exploration. Students involved in the project will work collaboratively in groups to express their visions for the future of space exploration. Each group of students will create a digital story in the form of an e-book (in a 2D or 3D environment) showing how they imagine a selected planet, the trip, the arrival, the buildings on the planet, the life of humans there. The project focuses on students 10 to 12 years old.