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Planet Hunter

Type : Virtual School Program
Grade : 9
Duration : 60 minutes
Capacity : one group, maximum 35 students
Price : $200 per group
Language : English only

Are we alone in the universe? Prepare to scan the galaxy in search of alien worlds that could support life! Through engaging demos and synchronous student activities, work alongside our expert facilitator to use real telescope data and indirect observation to hunt for exoplanets in the habitable zone. What exciting possibilities will you discover?

Please note that the start time of this session is flexible; the session can begin 30 minutes before or after the posted time. Please indicate your preferred start time (within this one-hour slot) in the notes section of the registration form.

Schedule until June 24, 2022:

Our programs have ended for the 2021-22 school year. Sign up for our Teacher eNews to get updates on what we're planning for the fall.

Produced by the Christa McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning, Framingham State University.

Curriculum Connections:

Strand : Scientific Investigation Skills and Career Exploration
A1 Demonstrate scientific investigation skills (related to both inquiry and research) in the four areas of skills (initiating and planning, performing and recording, analysing and interpreting, and communicating)
A1.1 Formulate scientific questions about observed relationships, ideas, problems, and/or issues, make predictions, and/or formulate hypotheses to focus inquiries or research
A1.8 Analyse and interpret qualitative and/or quantitative data to determine whether the evidence supports or refutes the initial prediction or hypothesis, identifying possible sources of error, bias, or uncertainty
A1.9 Analyse the information gathered from research sources for reliability and bias
A1.10 Draw conclusions based on inquiry results and research findings, and justify their conclusions
Strand : Earth and Space Science
D2 Investigate the properties of different types of celestial objects in the solar system and the universe
D2.1 Use appropriate terminology related to space exploration, including, but not limited to: astronomical units, gravitational pull, and universe
D2.3 Use a research process to compile and analyse information on the characteristics of various objects in the universe (e.g., planets, stars, constellations, galaxies)
D3 Demonstrate an understanding of major astronomical phenomena and of the principal components of the solar system and the universe
D3.1 Describe the major components of the universe (e.g., planets, moons, stars, galaxies), the motion of the different types of celestial objects, and the distances between certain objects, using appropriate scientific terminology and units (e.g., astronomical units, light years)
D3.2 Compare the characteristics and properties of celestial objects that constitute the solar system, including their motion and their distance from other celestial objects in the solar system (e.g., composition, size, rotation, presence and composition of atmosphere, gravitational pull, magnetic field)
D3.5 Describe the causes of major astronomical phenomena (e.g., the aurora borealis, solar/lunar eclipses) and how various phenomena can best be observed from Earth (e.g., solar eclipses should be viewed through a telescope equipped with a solar filter, not with the naked eye)
Strand : Earth and Space Science
D2.1 Use appropriate terminology related to the study of the universe
D2.2 Use direct observation, computer simulation, or star charts to determine the location, appearance, celestial objects that are visible in the night sky
D3.3 Describe the major components of the solar system and the universe, using appropriate scientific terminology and units
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