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Launching the Mars Project

With our first semester seminars done in the middle of January 2017, the students were as ready as they could be to start our school-wide Mars Exploration project at American Academy of Innovation. Whether or not the teachers were ready … Continue reading

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Mars Seminars: Preparing for a School-wide PBL

In my previous three posts, I’ve talked about how my students at American Academy of Innovation created an animation of a space habitat for astronauts to live in on their way to Mars, how they learned to use Mars MOLA … Continue reading

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Students as Teachers

One of the cornerstones of my education philosophy is that students learn best when they are expected to teach concepts to others. I’ve talked about this at some length on my other blog site at: https://elementsunearthed.com/2011/03/01/second-round-of-chemistry-demostrations/. It is based on the … Continue reading

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MESSENGER of the Gods

My second semester astronomy class during the 2014-15 school year at Walden School of Liberal Arts focused on planetary science. Our trip to the American Astronomical Society conference in early January had been the final project of our first semester … Continue reading

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Publishing a 3D Illustration of SOFIA

  The second semester of the 2014-15 school year was incredibly busy. I was elected to the Utah Science Teachers Association board, representing science teachers from Charter, Private, Home, and Online schools. I traveled to Chicago for the National Science … Continue reading

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Returning from the AAS: Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

Our last day in Seattle we had a later flight than most of the other teams, so I packed up my bags and met my remaining three students down in the lobby. Kendall had already departed for Washington, D.C.. I … Continue reading

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AAS in Seattle: Wed., Jan. 7, 2015

On this third full day of the American Astronomical Society conference in Seattle, we had a lot going on. This was the big day for our students to present the science results of their NITARP study and the poster we … Continue reading

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