STAR: Science Teaching Through Art

Science Teaching through Art ( often referred to as STAR) was a program operated by students at Stanford University.

The defunct website is no longer available, however you can see details of the old coordinators on the about page of this website.

The initiative helped educators to generate educational materials to support learning the sciences.

Through the use of colorful and informative use of art, complex scientific ideas can be broken down into easy to visualize components. While many students thrive on traditional education delivery methods, not everyone finds it easy to learn from classroom delivery and text books.

For a long time, it has been recognized that learners fall into three broad groups:

  • Visual
  • Auditory
  • Kinesthetic

STAR brings more to people with a preference for visual learning, but is no means limited on offering benefits to such a narrowly defined group.

STAR methods do not replace traditional methods of delivery – they enhance them.

Where visual learning helps all groups tends to be in fostering creativity, encouraging thoughtful examination of subjects that goes well beyond what can be written in a text book.

Past Sponsors Of The STAR initiative include:

The Stanford Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education

The Stanford Office of Community Engagement