Online Astronomy Institute Module 4: Revealing the Universe
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What are these phenomena and why are they important? What can knowledge about the objects in the universe we share tell us about our lives here on Earth? How are they relevant? What sort of analogous and common phenomena can we invoke to help learners understand more about the workings of the universe?
Appropriate for teaching grade levels 3-12.
Dates: January 5 - February 5, 2021
Times: Four live sessions on Tuesdays (January 12, 19, 26, and February 2), 4-5pm Pacific Time (7-8pm Eastern)
5-PS2-1: Support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed down.
5-ESS1-1: Support an argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distances from the Earth.
MS-ESS1-2: Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.
HS-ESS1-2: Construct an explanation of the Big Bang theory based on astronomical evidence of light spectra, motion of distant galaxies, and composition of matter in the universe.
HS-ESS1-4: Use mathematical or computational representations to predict the motion of orbiting objects in the solar system.
Details: Each module lasts five consecutive weeks, with 1-hour webinars offered weekly for four of these weeks. Each module includes a Materials Kit that will be shipped directly to you in early January at the Shipping Address you provide during Checkout. Please note: Shipping is included for the Continental U.S. If your ship-to address is Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, or International, we will contact you with the additional shipping fees.
Before the first and between the webinar sessions, you’ll engage in activities on your own time, including posting ideas and opinions in an online forum and engaging in assignments and activities related to the content. You’ll also get a chance to try out the activities with your classes between the webinars and share your experiences.