Edu 6012 Earth and Planetary Systems will be geared towards teachers of grades 3-8 and will include multiple hands-on investigations.
- Learn to build simple equipment that students can construct in the classroom (star charts, astrolabes, telescopes, pinhole viewers, solar motion demonstrators, and more).
- Use the equipment for finding, observing, and describing the patterns of motion of the Sun, Moon, planets, and the constellations of the Zodiac.
- Create models to explain the observations, including a ray model of light, a scale model of the solar system, and geocentric and heliocentric models.
- Use these models to answer questions “Why do we have seasons?”, “Why are we approaching the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius?”, and more.
A portable planetarium and Internet resources, such as Stellarium, will be used throughout the course, and there will be a visit to the Crow Observatory. This course is aligned with Missouri GLEs (Strand 6 Universe) and national framework/standards documents (Earth and Space Sciences 1.A and 1.B). There are a number of places in the course where math and engineering connections can be made.
Dates: Tuesdays, 4:30-7:00 p.m., Aug. 26 through Dec. 9
Location: MySci Resource Center
Credit: 3 graduate credits, tuition is $415 per credit
This course may be applied towards the WUSTL graduate certificate in science education.
If you are interested or have questions, please contact Paula Smith, 314-935-6846.