This project will study if, how, and under what circumstances an integration of literacy strategies, hands-on inquiry-based investigations, and planetarium experiences supports the development of science practices (noticing, recognizing change, making predictions, and constructing explanations) in early elementary level students. The project will generate knowledge about how astronomy-focused storybooks, hands-on investigations, and planetarium experiences can be integrated to develop age-appropriate science practices in very young children.
About Me (Bio):
Theresa Summer is an Astronomy Educator for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. She has worked in science education since 1998, in planetariums, museums, classrooms, and star parties. She has a B.A. in Astronomy from San Francisco State University. Her secret mission in life is to share science with everyone!