Why did early explorers risk their lives to reach the North Pole? Why does Earth look so beautiful when seen from space? What is really down at the bottom of the ocean? Discovering new things about Earth has been the dream of scientists and explorers for centuries. Today, it is your turn to continue that journey of discovery. Earth Space Science is a laboratory course focusing on the study of space and the geologic and atmospheric forces that shape the world. Through experimentation and investigation, the student will explore Earth cycles including the geosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, atmosphere, and the carbon cycle. The student will learn about scientific inquiry, geologic time, space exploration, the solar system, and the universe. The student will use web 2.0 tools, interactive experiences, higher-order thinking, collaborative projects, and real-world application through labs and a variety of assessments. Upon completion of the course, the student will have a clear understanding of the dynamic forces at work in the surrounding world, becoming better caretakers of planet Earth.
Student participation in this course is documented by the following:
- Coursework submissions recorded by the learning management system.
- Participation verified by the virtual education teacher for time spent working offline.
- Academic-based communication between the student and virtual education teacher or learning coach and virtual education teacher.
- Synchronous time with the class, a group or the virtual education teacher recorded by the learning management system or teacher.
- The virtual education teacher verifies participation in the course 1-3 times a week.
- Virtual education teacher verifies participation 1 to 3 times weekly