Our place in space and how we have come to this understanding, are the foundations on which this course is built. We will explore the tools and laws of nature astronomers use to construct our model and understanding of the cosmos—both its structure and components. From this informed foundation, we will address the fundamental question of are we alone within this context of our place in space.
As a capstone project for this course, you will create and keep an astronomy journal of assessment activities you complete each week. Several of the activities involve making observations of the Moon, star patterns, and a planet will also require you to make follow up observations at a later time during the course.
This Online Endorsement Course meets the Utah State Science Endorsement Course Requirements for:
- Earth Science: Astronomy
- Middle Level (pathway 2): Astronomy
- Physical Science: Astronomy
This is a content/teaching course. Emphasis is on best practices used to teach this content in the classroom. Additionally, the online science endorsement courses require participants to practice the science lessons in either a classroom setting or with a group of at least five individuals (can be family, friends, neighbors, etc.). In signing up for this course, you may need to be able to have weekly access to one of these two settings to complete assignments.
Upon successful completion, the participants will receive 3.0 Southern Utah University Credits for EDUC 5150 Science: Astronomy (included in the cost of the course).
Cost for the course has been reduced to $250 due to the Stem Action Center Grant.
NOTE: If you are not a current member of UtSTA you can renew your membership or join the Utah Science Teachers Association today ($10-15/year) and save money on your registration costs. To join today, CLICK HERE.
By registering and paying, you agree that if you are not able to attend you will cancel at least 2 weeks before the class starts or your registration fees will be forfeited.
In the case of low enrollment, this course could be cancelled.