Science 10: Exploring the Heavens, and our Earth.

A horoscope, from The Book of the Birth of Iskandar, an early medival interpretation of Space, and our place within it.

Three general concepts will guide us in our lesson.

  • A. Exploring other planets will help us understand earth’s unique nature.
  • B. The formation of modern day earth took billions of years to be formed, this has had significant impacts on biological and geographical characteristics of our planet.
  • C. Getting expert input allows students to see intricacies they may have missed, or clear up misunderstandings.
An image of Mystic Mountain found within the Carina Nebula taken from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Part A: Exploring other planets, and space.

Using the Hubble Space Telescope Discoveries App students can go and explore our universe,  they can look at different planets, the forces that created them, and get a better understanding of the human endeavor to reach for the stars.

Looking at such fascinating phenomenon like dark energy,  the colliding of two galaxies and the death of  stars.

The App EarthViewer, showing modern day earth.

Part B: Exploring the Earth

EarthViewer allows students to explore the formation of the earth, showing major geological events. It gives a complete view  of our dynamic planet, tracking atmospheric and oceanic composition, temperature, biodiversity and day length.

The best thing about this App is that it was created with educators in mind, so it's ready to be used either in the classroom or at home.

EarthViewer should give students a deeper understanding of the dynamics of our planet, instead of attempting to teach students about earth formation, students can instead follow their imagination.

Image of Google Earth.

Part B:Exploring modern day earth

The Google Earth App lets students explore modern day earth, using this in combination with EarthViewer we can get a clear picture of the repercussions of Earths 6 Billion year long history.

Examples of its use would be to determine how earths geological landscape has shaped human migrations around the planet. Using it in combination with EarthViewer students can follow early human migration, mass extinction events, and archaeological dig sites.

TED Ideas worth sharing.

Part C

The TED App gives students access to hundreds of amazing talks, exploring a wide range of subject, such as math and science, to human history and philosophie.

Such talks by Bobak Ferdowsi, an engineer at NASA who was part of the Curiosity rover landing on Mars talks about getting a deeper understanding of the world around us. But he's not the only one, there are hundreds of video which cover population migration, global events, and even how humans have shaped the globe.

KhanAcademy an educational resource.

Part C

The KhanAcademy App is different then TED as it tends to tackle smaller ideas, which all come together form a lesson. KhanAcademy is also more academically focused as it tackle subject like math, science, and the arts and humanities.

Unlike TED KhanAcademy should be used by students to get a better understanding of key concepts, such as how oxygen became so abundant on earth, or what pushed humanity to migrate from Africa to around the globe.

Overall combining these 5 Apps students should be able to get a clear understanding of our universe, the earth, and our place within it.

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