Topics in Astronomy – Elementary Level Science Series Session 1

Topics in Astronomy - Elementary Level Science Series Session 1

We Have Opened a 3rd Section of the Popular Elementary-Level Science Course!

How fast is the speed of light? How big is the solar system? Why is Venus so hot? What is up with Jupiter & it’s many moons? Join Blair Lee for a 3-week session focused on topics in astronomy. Your children will learn these answers to these questions, all the while they will work on science skills and lab technique.

Topics in Astronomy is one of the 4 Sessions in the Elementary Level Science Series. Each session of the Elementary Level Science Series meets 3 times over a span of 3 weeks. Each 3-week Session includes important, foundational science topics, scientific modeling, focused definitions of core science terms and phrases all in an engaging, high-interest format.

Each Session of the Elementary Level Science Series has hands-on labs that have been thoughtfully paired with written materials. Materials will be emailed 2-weeks before the class meets with guided readings, materials list, lab instructions as well as suggestions for extra activities and how to use the topics and material for project-based unit studies. During the live sessions, students can ask questions as we go over the material. Then we will work on an lab/activity as a class. Classes will be taped for anyone unable to attend a class.

For those using the REAL Science Odyssey Astronomy 1 curriculum, these lessons will highlight, but not duplicate, labs and activities from the course. 1st – 4th grades recommended. Course materials will be staggered depending on the grade level, science acumen of the student.

* Lab materials will be inexpensive and easy to obtain.

Bundle Pricing on the Entire Series!

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Class Duration: We Have Opened a 3rd Section – September 15th – September 29th at 12:30 pm.

August 6 – August 20 FULL

A second Section has been added August 10 – 24 FULL

Class Size: 1-10 learners

Age Range: 6 – 10

Total Price: $75

Bundle Pricing for all four Sessions of the Elementary Level Science Series $270

Topics in Astronomy – Elementary Level Science Series Session 1

There are 3 meetings (1 per week for 3 weeks) covering a different topic in astronomy each week.

In this 3-week series students will look at how investigations done on Earth are used to form scientific models for the Universe. In week 3, students will be encouraged to share about one of Jupiter’s moon.

Week 1: Solar System Measurements – How Big is the Solar System? How Fast Is Light? From infrared to radio waves, how big (or small) is a wavelength?

The speed of light is fast? How fast are a cheetah, a snail, and you compared to it? Let’s have a race and find out. After investigating the speed of light students will learn how that is used to make measurements. The measurements made for students will be included as we investigate how long it would take light to get places if it moved at our speed.

Week 2: How Hot Is too Hot? Venus and the Runaway Greenhouse Effect

The hottest planet in the solar system is not the one that is closest to the Sun. Venus, the second planet from the sun holds that honor. Scientists believe that volcanism and a lack of hydrogen are the key to understanding the runaway greenhouse effect on Venus. This class includes a scientific modeling activity.

Week 3: The Moons of Jupiter

Galileo first sighted the moons of Jupiter in about 1610. Since then another 75 moons have been discovered. Four of these moons are larger than any of the dwarf planets, including Pluto. One of them, Ganymede is even larger than Mercury. We will also look at the relationship between gravity and Jupiter’s moons.

Topics in Astronomy is one of the 4 sessions in the Elementary Level Science Series. The Elementary Level Science Series has 3 meets 3 times. Each 3-week session includes important, foundational science topics, scientific modeling, focused definitions of core science terms and phrases all in an engaging, high-interest format.

Each Session of the Elementary Level Science Series has hands-on labs that have been thoughtfully paired with written materials. Materials will be emailed 2-weeks before the class meets with guided readings, materials list, lab instructions as well as suggestions for extra activities and how to use the topics and material for project-based unit studies. During the live sessions, students can ask questions as we go over the material. Then we will work on an lab/activity as a class. Classes will be taped for anyone unable to attend a class.

For those using the REAL Science Odyssey Astronomy 1 curriculum, these lessons will highlight, but not duplicate, labs and activities from the course. 1st – 4th grades recommended. Course materials will be staggered depending on the grade level, science acumen of the student.

* Lab materials will be inexpensive and easy to obtain.

Materials List is on the Teachable website. All materials are inexpensive, easy to obtain, and in most cases you already will have them at home.

To interact in class: Live sessions will be best experienced with a camera and microphone. Parents will need a Zoom account (free).

Usually 2-3 hours per week of work, including class.

Students will gain an understanding of the solar system

Students will learn some of the science explaining light and radiation

Students will learn about the atmosphere surrounding Venus and be able to make some predictive statements about the atmosphere of other planets using scientific analysis

Students will learn about the moons of Jupiter, the concept of size to gravity, and tidal friction

Students will learn important on topic vocabulary

Students will learn lab technique

Students will gain an understanding of the scientific method

Families and learners are welcome to share any information about their individual learning preferences and needs and instructor will make accommodations that are helpful to the class.

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