Astronomy: A “Quick Guide” to the Galaxy and Beyond!$80
About this course
Recommended Ages: This class is ideal for students ages 9-14. Younger academically gifted students will be accepted.
Levels: This class is offered in 2 levels. The material is the same for both levels, the assignments are different. Level 1 is recommended for younger students and Level 2 is recommended for older students or academically advanced younger students.
Start Date: Course consists of 4 lesson plans. No live classes- view the lessons on YOUR schedule. SUMMER SCHEDULE IN EFFECT!! We will release ALL lesson plans on June 2 and you will have until August 11 to complete all work. Final reports will be issued on August 12. However, we will accept enrollments for this class until it is full or until July 14- allowing students to join the course at any time and ensuring they have enough time to complete their work. This gives you complete freedom during the summer to do the work! Instructors will still be grading and giving feedback for students weekly, but there will be no weekly deadlines- only the final course deadline of August 12.
This 4 week class is a “quick guide” to our galaxy and beyond! We are going to cover a wide range of topics, including stars, planets, moons, asteroids, meteors, comets, and more! Plus, we’ll have a lot of fun hands on activities and projects!
This class is not recommended for most children under 9 (but we trust that you know your child’s abilities better than we do!). Younger students 9-11 should usually be placed in Level 1. Students age 13 and up, or younger students who are academically gifted, should be placed in Level 2. Level 2 students will have more rigorous homework.
LESSON PLANS: This is an 4 week class. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete all work. Weekly lesson plans are posted on Tuesdays by 5pm Pacific Time. There is no “live” component to this class, which allows students to work at their own pace. This is a great option for busy students who need to work on their own schedule, and students who live all over the world and can’t easily coordinate time zones.
Lesson plans are a combination of power point, graphics, video, and audio. Each slide is fully narrated for students who prefer to hear material read to them. There is no textbook for this course.
DISCUSSION:We offer an “open talk” forum where students can have fun getting to know their classmates!
ASSIGNMENTS: Material is the same for both levels, it’s the depth of the assignments that is the main difference. Most weeks, students get to choose from a list of exciting and fun hands on projects to let them really dig deep into topics in the lesson plan that interest them the most! The goal is to allow students to explore the topic while allowing their creativity to flow. We encourage out of the box thinking! Generally projects can be submitted in any format of the student’s choosing…written, presentation, poster, stop motion animation, minecraft, song, skit…we’ve seen it all!! Check out our facebook page for examples of student projects. All students receive instructor feedback on submitted work.
QUIZZES: Online quizzes are available each week as a tool for students to see how well they understand the material. Format is generally multiple choice, matching, true/false, and fill in the blank.
GRADES: All quizzes, labs, and online assessments automatically receive a grade in the system. You have the option of having your student’s individual projects graded or not (all assignments receive instructor feedback). Report cards are issued at the end of the course- one for ungraded students and one for graded students. These mean nothing other than for your own records or reporting purposes. We do not maintain copies.
TIME: In general, expect 1-1.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time).
Our course begins with the first step for generating great user experiences: understanding what people do, think, say, and feel. In this module, you’ll learn how to keep an open mind while learning.