STEMarts Curriculum Tool

Projecting Particles Collective

The Projecting Particles Collective visited the Taos Day School 5th and 6th-grade classrooms to deliver a three-day immersive workshop that combined particle physics, native science and projection art. Students explored the origins of the universe and created animated Petroglyph-Feynam Diagram Hybrids projected onto a tipi. The best student animations from the workshop will be projected on to the tipi at The PASEO festival through a live painting session curated by Tagtool founder, OMAI. The installation is called Indigenous Cosmology Meets Particle Physics. Lakota artist, Steve Tamayo will lead participants in the weaving of a dreamcatcher inside the tipi.

projecting particles 

About the artist

The Projecting Particles Collective was founded in 2009 by STEMarts Lab founder/artist Agnes Chavez, Taos with OMAI/Tagtool artists/founders, Vienna, Austria and Physicist, Dr. Steven Goldfarb, ATLAS at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland. For the Paseo festival OMAi from Austria and Steve Tamayo from Standing Rock will be leading the installation.  Click on View all artists to see the bios of the whole team.


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  • The New Tagtool
    The Fabric of the Cosmos: What is Space?
    Indigenous Knowledge & Western Science
    CERN in 3 minutes
    Projecting Particles Highlights 2015 
  • The Origins we Share: Havana Biennial 
    The Tagtool Crew at Arts Electronica Festival 2017
    The Night is our Canvas 
    Mobile Storytelling

skills applied

  • Particle Identification
  • Animation Techniques
  • Projection Tools


What is fun about this project is that we are a team of scientists, artists and indigenous cultural specialists with different ways of understanding the universe. So you will see many different kinds of activities in the STEAM Wiki below. We suggest to click on all the STEAM wiki links to see what is available. Try our particle physics activities like the Penny Mass and the Cloud Chamber. Then download the Tagtool app to your iPad and try the painting and animating tool to express what you learned. Finally, connect the iPad to a projector, turn off the lights and fill your room with your larger than life animations for the full experience!

STEMarts Design Tool

The Stemarts Design Tool provides a step-by-step tool to show you how to engage with the Pollinator Concentrator, a site specific interspecies installation at the Rio Fernando Park created by BioSTEAM Lab artist, Ana MacArthur. Explore the artist page to learn about the installation, to understand its purpose and how it works. Research the science and technology behind the art. Experiment with the hands-on STEAM activities to understand the artist process before coming to visit the installation at Rio Fernando Park. Take a field trip to experience the Pollinator Concentrator in person! And finally, when you go back to your classroom, create art inspired by the artist's installation and contribute to the related citizen science projects to be a part of Taos Land Trust's ongoing efforts to restore the watershed and pollinator communities at Rio Fernando Park. This tool will take you through each stage of the process. Just click on Explore to get started!

Explore interspecies site specific installations.

Andy Wagener creates innovative installations that raise awareness to social and environmental challenges. He does this through the use of unique materials and technologies, but also because he chooses topics that he connects with personally. For this activity you will design an installation concept to explore an environmental issue that you are passionate about. For ideas you can visit the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Discuss the issues with your team until you find an environmental challenge that you all agree on.

Research the science and technology behind the work.

Once you have identified the environmental challenge, it is time to research the facts about your topic. Check out the STEAM wiki below to get you started. Explore pros and cons, investigate any controversies, and have discussions with experts in the field until you have a strong grasp of the topic. It is also important to start researching materials and tools that can be used to communicate your ideas. Review the artist’s work on this page to learn about how he created the CLOUDNET installation to raise awareness about the dangers of ghost fishing. What can you learn from his process? The research will continue as you progress with the design but you should have enough information to start exploring how to communicate these ideas through art.

Experiment to see what’s possible.

Now that you have done the research on your topic and tools you can start brainstorming on ideas for an art installation and testing out some materials and techniques. Even if you are not going to build the installation in this phase you still need to play around with materials to see what is possible. Explore all the STEAM wikis below which include some fun technology tools that the artist used. Start sketching out concepts and jotting down notes with ideas for an installation. Don’t try to edit at this point. Start a sketchbook just for this project and write or draw anything that comes to mind. This is where you let your imagination run wild!

Visit the Rio Fernando Park.

The next step is to do a final drawing that communicates your design concept for an installation. This could be done by hand or on a computer. The design should show what it will look like and the materials you would use. It would consider possible sites and how people would interact with it. It can include diagrams, text, photos or anything you like. Most importantly it would show how the installation serves to raise awareness to the environmental issue that you chose. Since an installation is multidimensional you will have to find a unique and creative way to communicate your installation concept.

STEAM wiki

The STEAM-Wiki is a place to get started with your artist research. You will find links to articles, images, video, and tutorials that relate to the Projecting Particles project. For this project, we learn about physics concepts through hands-on experiments and art making and then use the Tagtool app to create projection art to communicate what we learned. At the Paseo Festival, you will see a tipi with a live projection painting performance. Some of the animations that you will see projected were created by students from the Taos Pueblo Day School that participated in the Projecting Particles workshop.

You can search by clicking on the links below or you can click on the topic words in the word cloud for specific areas of interest. For example, Particle Physics to learn about the physics behind the work or native science for information about the indigenous science that informed the work. If you are looking for STEM + Art activities type in STEAM Activities.  To view all options, use the keyword ALL.

Remember the resource is an open forum sharing links and ideas that others have found – always check your sources and give credit where credit is due. The open source movement generously shares its knowledge and relies on user feedback – so if there’s something really good or doesn’t work let others know.


Next Generation Science Standard

Core Idea ESS1: Earth’s Place in the Universe
ESS1.A: The Universe and Its Stars
ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System

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