Is there life elsewhere in the universe?
What is life's future on Earth and beyond?
How did life originate on Earth?
These are some of the profound and exciting questions we use to stimulate
interest in science.
Your questions may be more down to Earth, like:
are the benefits of teaching Astrobiology?
TERC has developed a middle
and high school curriculum that stimulates student learning and participation
with intriguing questions and illuminating activities. Astrobiology,
by its very nature, kindles interest and curiosity in students and
offers a genuinely exciting entrée
to high school science. Students experience science in a relevant
and meaningful way as they consider the fascinating story of searching
for life in the universe.
a low-cost, high-impact science course designed to reach students
having a wide range of abilities. The yearlong curriculum is an inquiry-based,
interdisciplinary program of study. Through a series of hands-on
activities, students explore diverse concepts in chemistry, physics,
biology, and Earth and space science. These concepts are truly integrated—there
are no artificial divisions of scientific disciplines.
The Astrobiology curriculum was conceived, developed, and written by
leading educators and classroom teachers with the participation of NASA
and with funding from the National Science Foundation. Each chapter
of the course has been field tested by dozens of teachers and thousands
of students.The curriculum will be available in July 2005.