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Paper: Cultivating Curiosity with Life in the Universe and WorldWide Telescope
Volume: 524, Advancing Astronomy for All (ASP 2018)
Page: 273
Authors: Houghton, H.; Udomprasert, P.; Sunbury, S.; Wright, E.; Goodman, A.; Johnson, E.; Bishop, A.
Abstract: When students encounter complex topics like the search for extraterrestrial life, questions abound - thoughtful, unpredictable, and often profound. Despite this thriving curiosity, the first step to be able to explore complex questions is developing the capacity to verbalize a meaningful question. The WorldWide Telescope Ambassadors team designed an out-of-school curriculum called Life in the Universe, which engages middle school-aged students in the science and scientific process of the search for distant life. Students practice generating meaningful questions, which will guide them through the science content, as groups of students build to culminating capstone projects. Results from surveys administered to participating students indicate gains in curiosity in science, as well as in seeing oneself as successful in science.
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