“Teaching about Astronomy–Visit to a Museum or Science Center”

by | Jul 31, 2023 | Uncategorized

LDEO NGSS Summer Institutes: “Teaching about Astronomy” (GED 7214)

Lesson 11: Visit to a Museum

Expected Time Required: 5 – 7 hr

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Most science learning takes place outside classrooms in Science Museums and other informal science settings. One day of this course involves a visit to the space science exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History and Hayden Planetarium.

Your assignment:

Visit pertinent exhibits at a suitable Museum. Examples could be the American Museum of Natural History-Hayden Planetarium (New York City); National Air and Space Museum (Washington, DC); Udvar-Hazy Center (Chantilly, VA); Kennedy Space Center (FL); or similar institution.

Write a 3 – 4 page review of the exhibits’ highlights; suitability for class visits; online resources, including url and links to educational materials; and  other useful information.

Please include a discussion about what you expect your students to learn through this type of informal science experience, compared with ‘normal classroom’ studies of the same topics and facts.

{Submit your response as an attachment to michael@earth2class.org.}