Earth and Space Science - 2012 Course
A summer course for middle and high school teachers
Taught at UMass Amherst
and sponsored by the NSF and the STEM Education Institute at UMass Amherst
- Tuesday and Wednesday, August 14 – 15, 2012 at U Mass Amherst
- 9:00 to 3:30 each day
- $80/day stipend ($160 total) and materials provided to each teacher
- Free PDPs (no graduate credit)
Earth and Space Science will develop an understanding of planetary accretion and evolution and the place of the Earth in the solar system.
- Making a planet: From elements to dust to planetesimals
- Why there are volcanoes
- What shapes the crusts of planets; what do we see in NASA photos?
- Comparative planetology using maps
- What is the lifetime of a planet?
Along the way we will cover pertinent topics in mathematics, including:
- Units and converting units
- Scale and dimensional analysis
- Scientific notation and significant figures
After the course, participants are encouraged to develop curriculum units that will be uploaded to the course website, edited as a group, and piloted during the school year. This material will be available for other teachers to use (with the writer's permission) via a course website.
If you are interested in participating in the 2012 class, please use the application form to tell us about yourself.
Application Deadline - April 1, 2012
For more information, contact Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington DC:email@example.com; 202-478-8828