2021 Online Astronomy Institute Module 4 and 5

2 Module Savings: Revealing the Universe & The Lives of the Stars. See details below


Registration for this 2-module savings ends December 13. See options at the end for all module-saving options.

2021 Online Astronomy Institute - Module 4: Revealing the Universe

The universe is beautiful and vast, almost beyond comprehension. Images from the Hubble Space Telescope and other great observatories, reveal phenomena once completely hidden to us, providing astronomers with insight into the nature of the stars, nebulae, galaxies, black holes, and other objects in the cosmos.


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)


NGSS focus: 

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.


2021 Online Astronomy Institute - Module 5: The Lives of the Stars

Our ancestors looked up at night in wonder at the points of light. They used the patterns in those points to help tell stories. Astronomers, the modern day storytellers of the night sky, use them as guideposts to find their way around the night sky.


Recognizing that these glowing points are the factories from which chemical elements are made came only recently.  We also discovered that the stars are not eternal, and that in their death throes stars evolve into exotic objects whose properties push the very boundaries of science as researchers strive to understand them.

This module explores what we know about stars, their properties and classification, their fates.

Appropriate for teaching grade levels 3-12.


Recognizing that these glowing points are the factories from which chemical elements are made came only recently.  We also discovered that the stars are not eternal, and that in their death throes stars evolve into exotic objects whose properties push the very boundaries of science as researchers strive to understand them. This module explores what we know about stars, their properties and classification, their fates.

Dates: February 16 - March 19, 2021

Times: Four live sessions on Tuesdays (February 23, March 2, 9, and 16), 4-5pm Pacific Time (7-8pm Eastern)


NGSS focus:

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.

HS-ESS1-1: Develop a model based on evidence to illustrate the life span of the sun and the role of nuclear fusion in the sun’s core to release energy that eventually reaches Earth in the form of radiation.

HS-ESS1-3: Communicate scientific ideas about the way stars, over their life cycle, produce elements.


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 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.

Academic credits: Up to two semester units of academic credit available through The University of the Pacific for participants completing all six modules.  Those completing three modules are eligible for one semester unit of academic credit.

 

Other Savings Module Options:

Module 4,6 - Module 5,6 and Modules 4,5, and 6

Registration Deadlines:

Registration closes December 13, 2020 for Modules 4, 4&5, 4&6 and 4,5 & 6 options

  Registration closes January 15, 2021 for Module 5 and Module 5&6 Options

Registration closes February 15 for Module 6 Option