“From the Ground Up!” is a supplemental curriculum for physical science classes in schools. It is developed and maintained by education researchers at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, in collaboration with classroom teachers. The curriculum is designed for use with the CfA’s MicroObservatory Robotic Telescope Network, to give students hands-on experience and apply what they learn in real scientific investigations.
The activities are based on using the robotic MicroObservatory telescopes. These are physically located at the CfA and at the CfA’s Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO) in Arizona, but can be controlled by users at no cost from any location through a simple web browser interface. Though “From the Ground Up!” uses these telescopes as the primary tools for activities, it’s not simply an astronomy curriculum. Instead, it uses the MicroObservatory as a way to provide lessons on how science is done in practice, as well as on physical science topics including light, physical scaling, and laws of motion.
“From the Ground Up!” was developed by the CfA Science Education Department (SED), with active consultation from classroom teachers around the United States.