Intro to Astronomy Career Exploration STEM Challenge (distance learning)

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Grade Levels
6th - 10th, Homeschool
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  • Internet Activities
32 pages
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If you know a student who loves stargazing and is fascinated by space, this is the digital space career exploration mini course for them! This Astronomer STEM Career Exploration Challenge is a self-guided distance learning career exploration mini course for teens to learn what an astronomer does, test drive the career through fun online activities, and practice skills needed by astronomers. Delivered in interactive GoogleSlides and PDF formats, including:

1. online astronomer career exploration resources including virtual job shadow YouTube video, career information sheet in English and Spanish, and career focused 'test drive' activity

2. short quiz with answer key

3. How to Use a Telescope Guide with interactive online resources

4. Virtual Telescope Tour with make a telescope trip postcard activity (2 google slides)

5. SkyView GoogleSlides Scavenger Hunt (12 google slides) [Note: Requires use of free SkyView app for best experience, but can be done without]

6. Astronomy in Action Challenge with student friendly step by step directions

Here's a glimpse of this space challenge:

"Imagine you have graduated college and became an astronomer. Your school hears about your exciting new career, and has hired you to create Astronomy in Action Cards for students in the space afterschool program...."

7. project rubric (1 page googledoc)

8. links to additional resources to explore careers in astronomy

This Challenge is provided as one cohesive Google Slides and PDF document with embedded links to corresponding online activities for easy uploading and sharing in your online classroom! All activities are designed to be completed independently using only simple materials and online resources, taking at least 3 hours for students to complete - a fun distance learning activity!

Directly aligned with NGSS MS-ESS1-3, supports TEKS.SCI.6.11.A, TEKS.SCI.6.11.C, TEKS.SCI.7.4.A, TEKS.SCI.7.9.B, and TEKS.SCI.8.4.A.

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Total Pages
32 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system. Emphasis is on the analysis of data from Earth-based instruments, space-based telescopes, and spacecraft to determine similarities and differences among solar system objects. Examples of scale properties include the sizes of an object’s layers (such as crust and atmosphere), surface features (such as volcanoes), and orbital radius. Examples of data include statistical information, drawings and photographs, and models. Assessment does not include recalling facts about properties of the planets and other solar system bodies.


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