Grade 5-6, 6-8, 8-10

Jr Astronomers, Astrophysicists and Earth's "Cosmic Address"

In this course, students take a journey through the solar system and beyond. This dynamic year-long curriculum focuses on integral elements of astrophysics, astronomy, chemistry and geology. It also provides easy entry points for students who wish to join the class during the winter or spring terms. 

 Students actively investigate questions in depth that include:

  • What is the difference between a star and a planet?
  • What is the difference between a solar system and a galaxy?
  • What are the size and scale of stars, planets and galaxies?
  • What is planet earth's place in space? What is the earth's "cosmic address"?

Students engage in hands-on experiments, observe space imaging and participate in unique interactive opportunities that deepen their understanding of astronomy and astrophysical concepts. Activities include solar system scavenger hunts, use of the World-Wide Telescope, and computer operated, remotely controlled land-based telescopes.

The Innovation Institute's team engages area research institutions and industries to help our students understand how and why real people are investigating the science behind and developing innovative solutions to the topics covered within this  curriculum.  

Learning entry points may include the use of story telling, fiction and non-fiction literature and art.