NASA's Astro-Venture with Astrobiology
Target Grade(s): 5-9
Is there life out there? Searching for life in the universe requires a deep understanding of the characteristics and attributes of Earth that make our planet habitable (e.g., our Sun, tectonic plate movements). Learn how scientists use physics concepts such as Kepler's Laws, the Doppler Effect, phase changes, and properties of matter to search for planets in faraway galaxies that just might support life forms. Bring exciting astrobiology content into your classroom to excite students about learning in meaningful contexts and address Next Generation Science Standards.
What can I expect from this course?
Participants attend 5 LIVE sessions that include, but are not limited to, the following topics:
Session 1: Topic: Introduction and What is Astrobiology?
Asynchronously, participants continue the study of astrobiology and learn how to integrate NASA assets into the classroom. Integrated STEM resources bring math and science together using exciting engineering and technology applications. Interact with educators across the country through an easy-to-use online classroom platform, and collectively discuss best practices and ways to integrate astrobiology; a truly interdisciplinary field.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Disciplinary Core Ideas:
Matter and Its Interactions
The Solar System, Composition of the Atmosphere, Greenhouse Gases, Ozone & UV Radiation, Cycling of Matter, Convection in the Earth, Volcanoes & Plate Tectonics, Temperature & Pressure, Density, Composition & Properties of Matter, Atoms & Molecules, Phase Changes, Magnetic Fields, Spectroscopy, Needs of Living Things, Photosynthesis & Respiration, Carbon Cycle, Food Chains, Nutrient Cycling, Extremophiles
NGSS Scientific Practices (8 of 8 addressed):
What other opportunities may I pursue?
Participants may implement course content and develop a portfolio following the guidelines of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, with the goal of submitting work for National Board Certification.
Educators may seek opportunities to present at conferences, or among colleagues and education community stakeholders. Course instructors and mentors will support your individual goals to become leaders in integrated STEM education.