Physics GCSE: The life cycle of stars

Science presenter and rapper Jon Chase explains how the dust and gas released from dying stars forms new stars and solar systems using a popular game and a rap.

He visits a school, where the students play Jenga to demonstrate the balance between the forces in a star, and how they destabilise over time.

Jon performs a rap to help memorise all the different stages of the life cycle of stars.

This short film is from the BBC series, Space Science Bites.

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used as a starting point to discuss the life cycle of a star.

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching physics.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.

More from Space Science Bites:

Gravity on Earth and in space
Nuclear fusion in stars
The Big Bang and red shift
Spectroscopy and the composition of stars
Waves and communication