AAS 201st Meeting, January, 2003
Session 53. K-12 Astronomy Education and Public Outreach
Poster, Tuesday, January 7, 2003, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall AB

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[53.04U] Dakota Skies, Astronomy and Linking Learning to Life through Technology

C.R. Milford, P.J. Donohue (Dakota Science Center), T.R. Young (Univeristy of North Dakota)

Dakota Skies is part of the NatureShift project, a 5-year Department of Education, Technology Innovation Challenge Grant awarded to Dakota Science Center and the Grand Forks Public School system. The purpose of the Dakota Skies module is to engage students through 1) a guided exploration of the universe, and/or 2) a student initiated topic-of-interest inquiry. Topics within Dakota Skies include: Space Science, Astronomy, Planetology, Meteorology, Rocketry and Robotics. Student engagement occurs with a web adventure, on-line research, and real world connections. As an integral part of the module studentsí develop a final project that demonstrates higher order thinking. Visitors to Dakota Skies can utilize its many resources or take the guided exploration where learners are challenged to discover their favorite place in space by becoming an intergalactic travel agent. New developments to Dakota Skies include access to a robotic Mars rover, a weekly on-line science talk show, and Internet access to astronomical telescopes. Dakota Skies offers teachers a free resource to use in their classrooms, which meet state and national space science standards. Sponsored by NatureShift Linking Learning to Life


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The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: milford@dakota-science.org

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