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Abstract Title: A methodology for developing physics activities utilizing cutting edge topics in planetary science
Abstract: Teaching science by having students manipulate real astronomical data is a popular trend in astronomy and planetary science education. However, many existing activities simply couple this data with traditional "cookbook" style verification labs.  As with most topics within science, this instructional technique does not enhance the average students' understanding of the phenomena being studied. Here we present a methodology for developing "science by doing" activities that incorporate the latest discoveries in planetary science with up-to-date constructivist pedagogy to teach planetary science concepts. In our methodology, students our first guided to understand, analyze, and plot real raw scientific data; develop and test physical models to understand and interpret that data; finally use their models to make predictions about the topic being studied and test it with real data. We will also present to activities that were developed with this methodology.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jordan Steckloff
Purdue University - Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907
and Co-Presenter(s)
Rebecca Lindell (Purdue University - Department of Physics and Astronomy)