Lunar and Planetary Institute






Origins of the Universe

In Texas, teachers are expected to teach about the changing scientific understanding of the origin of the Universe, from the Steady State model to the Big Bang.

8.13 C The student is expected to research and describe historical scientific theories of the origin of the universe

Preliminary Concepts
Students need to understand the scientific process, including the scientific definition of a "theory," before they can understand the changing paradigm regarding the origin of the Universe.

Students need to understand the difference between Solar System, Galaxy, and Universe before they can understand the formation of the Universe.

Misconceptions and Educational Research

Activities about the Origins of the Universe

Content Resources for the Pre-Service Educator

Potential Questions or Issues