Enrichment Experience Mandala (Grades 9-12)
Follow your enthusiasm for space by introducing yourself to the study of astronomy. This course will include topics such as astronomy’s history and development, basic scientific laws of motion and gravity, the concepts of modern astronomy, and the methods used by astronomers to learn more about the universe. Further knowledge is gained through the study of galaxies, stars, and the origin of the universe.
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Students will demonstrate an understanding of the universe by describing the theory on the origin of the universe, analyzing the matter in the universe, and describing the theories on the fate of the universe.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of studying the universe by explaining the application of the scientific method in astronomy, summarizing the impact of scientific research on society, and evaluating the proper procedures used in the field.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of celestial bodies by describing the movement of celestial bodies in the sky, describing Earth’s Moon, and describing the motion of the Earth.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of stars by describing the composition of stars, analyzing properties that characterize stars, and summarizing the life cycles of stars.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of galaxies by describing the types of galaxies in the universe, summarizing the organizations of galaxies, and explaining the properties of galaxies.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the Milky Way galaxy by explaining the characteristics of the Milky Way and describing the use of Gaia Mapping.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of black holes by describing the significance of black holes, summarizing the study of black holes, and explaining what happens at a black holes.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of careers in space science by describing skills that are required to enter into space-related careers, differentiating careers that support space exploration, and creating an education plan in preparation for an astronomy career.
Unit 1: The Universe
Unit 2: Techniques and Tools of the Trade: Studying the Universe
Unit 3: The Earth, Moon, and Sun Systems
Unit 4: Stars
Unit 5: Galaxies
Unit 6: The Milky Way
Unit 7: Black Holes
Unit 8: Becoming a Space Professional
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