A science poet’s guide to the galaxy

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Photons, physics and the power of performance: science poet, Rachel Rayner tells us how to communicate complex concepts.

Learn about the importance of science communication, and how it can be used to translate complex physics concepts in this resource. Find out about a different career in physics in this video for Year 7-12 students.

Video Length: 23:59 mins

When it comes to complex physics, how do you communicate? Through poetry, of course.

Cosmos spoke to Rachel Rayner, Science Explainer about the photon, bringing attention to the many colours of our universe and the need for robust, poetic science communication.

Rachel recently wrote an article “A Short History of Light” for Cosmos Magazine issue 92, the article is accompanied by a free teachers’ resource and student activity.

This briefing was created for Cosmos. Watch more briefings here.

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Year: 8, 9


Physical Sciences – Energy

Additional: Careers, Maths.

Concepts (South Australia):

Physical Sciences – Energy