Teacher Courses

space science and engineering

Our Place in Space

Investigate the universal laws of force and motion, Earth-Moon-Sun relationship, solar system, and electromagnetic energy in this inquiry-based, STEM-focused course.

Teachers will:

  • Participate in a supported learning community alongside your peers to build content and pedagogical knowledge and skills. (Common to all courses)
  • Experience phenomena driven lessons which model three dimensional NGSS teaching and learning appropriate for 3rd–8th grade students. (Common to all courses)
  • Engage in the engineering design and science inquiry cycles.
  • Explore the universal laws that describe force and motion.
  • Apply these laws to understanding the Earth-Moon-Sun relationship.
  • Understand Earth's place in the solar system and the closest space neighbors.
  • Investigate how the nature of light is essential in observing and comprehending the vast universe.

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas

PS2: Motion and stability: forces and interactions

  • PS2.A: Forces and motion
  • PS2.B: types of interactions
  • PS2.C: stability and instability in physical systems

PS4: waves and their applications in technologies for information transfer

  • PS4.A: wave properties
  • PS4.B: electromagnetic radiation
  • PS4.C: information technologies and instrumentation

ESS1: Earth’s place in the universe

  • ESS1.A: The universe and its stars
  • ESS1.B: Earth and the solar system

ETS1: engineering design

  • ETS1.A: defining and delimiting an engineering problem
  • ETS1.B: developing possible solutions
  • ETS1.C: optimizing the design solution

ETS2: links among engineering, technology, science and society

  • ETS2.A: interdependence of science, engineering, and technology
  • ETS2.B: Influence of engineering, technology, and science on society and the natural world

Next offered

Academic year 2018-19

Six session dates beginning in October 2018 and ending in May 2019

Application deadline: Sept. 10, 2018

Applications for this course have closed.