The Georgians Experience Astronomy Research in Schools (GEARS) High School Galaxy Unit

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Conference Abstract

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219th Meeting of the AAS- Abstracts


Work was presented at 19th Meeting of the AAS, Austin, Texas, January 2012.


The Georgians Experience Astronomy Research in Schools (GEARS) project aims to provide a rigorous and inquiry-based astronomy curriculum to GA’s public schools. Exposure to data mining and research activities using the astronomy archives can be the trigger for the next generation of scientists, and it improves a student’s ability to solve problems. Students then consolidate their findings and improve their communication skills by writing scientific reports and creating video presentations. The GEARS curriculum has units on the solar system, life in the Universe, stars, galaxies and cosmology. Here we present some of the activities in the Galaxy Unit. The GEARS material is freely available.

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