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Bill Gates' Great Great Granddaughter's Honeymoon Trip: A Lab

Type of Activity:

  • Lesson / Lesson Plan
  • Lab Activity
  • Student Guide
  • Game
  • Instructor Guide / Manual

Brief description of the activity and its strengths:

In this lab, developed for my astronomy-for-poets class at Foothill College, students organize themselves into travel agencies and use Hubble (or other) images to plan the "trip of a lifetime" to ten celestial marvels that are both beautiful and "instructive."  It can serve as an introduction to the remarkable variety of astronomical images and information now available on the Web or as a review activity at the end of an introductory course.

URL

http://topstars.strategies.org/showcase.php?entryID=230&action=detail

Course Level

Non-major courses

Context

Type and level of course in which you would use this activity:

Introductory course for non-majors, or introductory lab for non-majors

Skills and concepts that students should have mastered before beginning the activity:

This activity is best used toward the end of an introductory astronomy course, when students have been introduced to a wide range of objects and concepts.  

How the activity is situated in its course

I use it as a review activity for the final exam.

Description

In this lab, developed for my astronomy-for-poets class at Foothill College, students organize themselves into travel agencies and use Hubble (or other) images to plan the "trip of a lifetime" to ten celestial marvels that are both beautiful and "instructive."  It can serve as an introduction to the remarkable variety of astronomical images and information now available on the Web or as a review activity at the end of an introductory course.

Digital Object Identifier

http://dx.doi.org/10.12947/hecl.emdb.158

Submitted By:

First Name:Andrew
Last Name:Fraknoi
Institution:Foothill College
Website:http://www.foothill.edu/ast/fraknoi.php
Date:04/15/2012