the Universe Workshop: An Exploration of Space and Time
In the spring of 2004, the Universe
Forum, along with our Structure and Evolution of the Universe (SEU)
Education partners, presented the debut of this professional development
experience for teachers of grades 8 to 12. Using resources from NASA's
SEU space science missions, "Modeling
the Universe" has as its goals:
- To improve participants' understanding of the current scientific
model for the structure and evolution of the universe and the
evidence that supports that model.
- To use the context of space science exploration of the structure
and evolution of the universe to help participants reflect on
the nature of models, evidence and explanation in science.
- To provide a pathway of resources, strategies and support for student
learning of these important concepts.
- To gather feedback on how to do better in achieving goals 1-3!
To join an ongoing discussion on furthering these goals,
visit the Modeling
the Universe Bulletin Board.
ATTENTION DC-AREA EDUCATORS! The SEU education team will present "Modeling
the Universe" at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel on January 7, 2006.
Download the flyer and register for this workshop here.
This presentation is offered in association with the 207th Meeting of
the American Astronomical Society in Washington, D.C..
ATTENTION SCIENCE TEACHERS! The SEU education team
will present the "Modeling the Universe" short course on April
6 at the annual NSTA conference in Anaheim, CA. Advance registration is
available on a first-come, first serve basis using the Anaheim Advance
Registration form in the Advance Program or by registering at www.nsta.org/conferences.
The deadline for advance registration is March 10, 2006.
The following portfolio of downloadable resources was put
together for "Modeling the Universe":
"Modeling the Universe" Introductory
Scientific Models Survey (pdf)
Modeling the Universe Activity (pdf)
Modeling the Universe Journal (pdf)
"How Big is the Universe?" Inquiry
Parallax Activity*: The
Universe at Your Fingertips
Parallax Activity Supplement (pdf)
Inverse Square Law
of Light Activity (pdf)
Realms of the Universe Activity (pdf)
Size and Scale Glossary (pdf)
Size and Scale Presentation (ppt)
of the Universe Activity Worksheet (pdf)
"How Old is the Universe?" Inquiry
How Old is the Universe? Activity (pdf)
How Old is the Universe? Journal (pdf)
How Old is the Universe? Images (pdf)
"What's in the Universe?" Inquiry
What's in the Universe? Activity*: The
What's in the Universe? Actvitiy Supplement (pdf)
What's in the Universe? Activity Images (pdf)
What's in the Universe? Activity
"The Universe in Your Classroom" Discussion
Cosmological Models Presentation (ppt)
Mapping of National Standards: Origin and
Evolution of the Universe (pdf)
Mapping of National Standards: Models,
Evidence, and Explanation (pdf)
*Several of the activities presented in this workshop are taken from
outside sources and are not reproduced on this page. Please visit these
links to find out more about ordering the activity for your own classroom.
the Solar System: Expanding the Universe in the Classroom
News articles from NASA's SEU missions (pdf, 10 Mb)
is Our Universe?
WMAP Inflatable Universe
Cycles of Stars (pdf)
Active Galactic Nuclei
Nuclei Booklet (pdf)
Learn more about the NASA space science missions exploring the structure
and evolution of the universe here.