ET in the Universe
This learning module and related in-class activity is meant to expose students to the SETI program.
Students should be able to:
- Experience the difficulty in detecting a signal from an ET
- Explain SETI protocols and their ethical implications
Context for Use
This module is to be utilized at the end of a full-term of Mars-related topics in conjunction with Earth science processes. Given its unique topic, however, this activity can be adapted for any course at any time.
Description and Teaching Materials
- In-Class Activity 1: Calling Earth
Teaching Notes and Tips
- Read the .pdf article (in References and Resources) in order to conduct the In-Class Activity and designate an ET to call your class before your class meets.
- Typically, the Engagement experience of the In-Class Activity will take students 20-25 min to complete.
Each In-Class Activity and Homework has its own measure of Assessment.
References and Resources
- Crider & Weston (2012): SETI Activities for the College Classroom (Acrobat (PDF) 301kB May23 13)
- SETI protocols: http://www.seti.org/post-detection.html
- SETI Activities for the College Classroom: Crider & Weston (2012) http://aer.aas.org/resource/1/aerscz/v11/i1/p010202_s1