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Paper: Cosmic Times: Astronomy History and Science for the Classroom
Volume: 400, Preparing for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy: A Hands-on Symposium
Page: 288
Authors: Lochner, J.C.; Mattson, B.J.
Abstract: Cosmic Times is a series of curriculum support materials for grades 7–12 which teach the nature of science by exploring the history of our understanding of the universe during the past 100 years. Starting with the confirmation of Einstein’s theory of gravity in 1919 to the current conundrum posed by the discovery of dark energy, Cosmic Times examines the discoveries, the theories, and the people involved in this changing understanding of the universe. Cosmic Times takes the form of six posters, each resembling the front page of a newspaper from a particular time in this history, with articles describing the discoveries. Each poster is accompanied by 4–5 classroom lessons which enable students to examine the science concepts behind the discoveries, develop techniques to improve science literacy, and investigate the nature of science using historical examples. Cosmic Times connects directly with the International Year of Astronomy theme of Astronomy in the Classroom, as well as the general theme of the impact of astronomy history.
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