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Topics in Astronomy

August 10 – August 24

There are 3 meetings (1 per week for 3 weeks) covering a different topic in astronomy each week.

In this 3-week series students will look at how investigations done on Earth are used to form scientific models for the Universe. In week 3, students will be encourage to share about one of Jupiter’s moon.

Week 1: Solar System Measurements – How Big is the Solar System? How Fast Is Light? From infrared to radio waves, how big (or small) is a wavelength?

Week 2: How Hot Is too Hot? Venus and the Runaway Greenhouse Effect

Week 3: The Moons of Jupiter






How Earth Got Its Shape

September 7th – September 21st

There are 3 meetings (1 per week for 3 weeks) covering a different topic in Earth Science each week.

In this 3-week series students will build their own 3-dimensional scientific models to use to demonstrate core principles in Earth Science. Students will be encouraged to choose one of these topics to share information they have gleaned outside of class.

Week 1: Why There are Shells on Mount Everest – Plate Tectonics

Week 2: How the Grand Canyon Got It’s Shape – Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition

Week 3: Exploding Earth! – Volcanoes






The Birds & the Bees & the Flowers & the Trees

October 5th – October 19th

There are 3 meetings (1 per week for 3 weeks) covering a different topic in biology each week.

In these three weeks, there is a focus on conducting field research and making observations as a part of science investigations. Students will be encouraged to share what they learned about the life cycle of a bee.

Week 1: What the Birds Where You Live Tell You about Your Local Food Webs

Week 2: Bees: The Life & Times of a Perfect Pollinator

Week 3: Symbiotic Relationships: Flowering Plants and Pollinators






The Periodic Table

November 2nd – November 16th

There are 3 meetings (1 per week for 3 weeks) covering a different topic in biology each week.

In these three weeks, there is a focus on using a scientific model to help with learning and understanding. Each week there will also be a fun lab where students investigate chemical properties. Students will be encouraged to research and share about an element of their choosing.

Week 1: The Elements

Week 2: We Are Family

Week 3: Periodic Trends

This course is closed for enrollment.