Astronomy

WorldWide Telescope in Education

The American Astronomical Society’s WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a visual- ization program that enables a computer to function as a virtual telescope—bringing together archival imagery from the world’s best ground- and space-based telescopes for the exploration of the universe. It is a powerful resource for astronomy education.

Author/Presenter: 
Patricia Udomprasert
Alyssa Goodman
Edwin Ladd
Stella Offner
Harry Houghton
Erin Johnson
Susan Sunbury
Julia Plummer
Erika Wright
Philip Sadler
Philip Rosenfield
Curtis Wong
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

This chapter describes curricula that use WorldWide Telescope in teaching key topics in Astro 101 and K–12 science, including parallax, Hubble’s Law and large-scale structure in the universe, seasons, Moon phases and eclipses, and life in the universe.

PhET Interactive Simulations

Collection of 158 free interactive math and science simulations from University of Colorado Boulder. Engage students in math and science practices, and virtual labs, during remote learning. Find over 2,000 sim-based lessons under teacher resources. 

Author/Presenter: 
Kathy Perkins
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2020
Short Description: 

Collection of 158 free interactive math and science simulations from University of Colorado Boulder. Engage students in math and science practices, and virtual labs, during remote learning. Find over 2,000 sim-based lessons under teacher resources. 

In Praise of Messy Data

Gould, R. R., S. Sunbury, & Dussault, M. (2014). In praise of messy data: Lessons from the search for alien worlds. The Science Teacher, 31.

Author/Presenter: 
Roy Gould
Susan Sunbury
Mary Dussault
Year: 
2014
Short Description: 

Lessons from the search for alien worlds.

Using online telescopes to explore exoplanets from the physics classroom

The search for habitable planets offers excellent opportunities to advance students’ understanding of core ideas in physics, including gravity and the laws of motion, the interaction of light and matter, and especially the nature of scientific inquiry. Thanks to the development of online telescopes, students can detect more than a dozen of the known exoplanets from the classroom, using data they gather, assess, and interpret for themselves. We present a suite of activities in which students apply basic physics concepts to their investigations of exoplanets.

Author/Presenter: 
Roy R. Gould
Susan Sunbury
Ruth Krumhansl
Year: 
2012
Short Description: 

Authors present a suite of activities in which students apply basic physics concepts to their investigations of exoplanets. The activities were developed and successfully tested with physics and earth science teachers in secondary schools in 14 states.

Thinking scientifically in a changing world

Shifting people’s judgments toward the scientific involves teaching them to purposefully evaluate connections between evidence and alternative explanations.

Lombardi, D. (2019). Thinking scientifically in a changing world. Science Brief: Psychological Science Agenda, 33(1). Retrieved from https://www.apa.org/science/about/psa/2019/01/changing-world.aspx

Author/Presenter: 
Doug Lombardi
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

Shifting people’s judgments toward the scientific involves teaching them to purposefully evaluate connections between evidence and alternative explanations.

Scaffolding scientific thinking: Students’ evaluations and judgments during Earth science knowledge construction

Critical evaluation underpins the practices of science. In a three-year classroom-based research project, we developed and tested instructional scaffolds for Earth science content in which students evaluate lines of evidence with respect to alternative explanations of scientific phenomena (climate change, fracking and earthquakes, wetlands and land use, and formation of Earth’s Moon).

Author/Presenter: 
Doug Lombardi
Janelle M. Bailey
Elliot S. Bickel
Shondricka Burrell
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2018
Short Description: 

The present paper documents a quasi-experimental study where high school Earth science students completed these instructional scaffolds, including an explanation task scored for evaluative levels (erroneous, descriptive, relational, and critical), along with measures of plausibility reappraisal and knowledge.

Exploring the Unknown

Author/Presenter: 
Amy Pallant
Sarah Pryputniewicz
Hee-Sun Lee
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2012
Short Description: 

This article describes The Concord Consortium's High-Adventure Science Project, which brings frontier science into the classroom, allowing students to explore questions in Earth and space science that scientists are currently investigating.

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