•  EcoDetectives



    **PLANETARIUM STEM PROGRAM **  (Class size limit is 32 students)

    Have you ever seen the Earth at night from Space? The sparkling lights punctuating urban areas seem so beautiful from this perspective. However, how about from the perspective of migrating birds who get confused by artificial lights and never reach their destination? How about from the perspective of humans whose natural sleep cycles are disrupted, leaving them at higher risk of developing certain diseases? Come explore these claims, and work as engineers to develop solutions. Become EcoDetectives, working in teams to design adequate lighting which maximizes light where needed while minimizing the amount of light lost into the sky. Discover how re-engineering lighting systems can also save energy and money!


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    arrow animated Aligned Standards

     Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) MCCRS- RELA & Math

     Science and Engineering Practices in the NGSS:

    SEP.1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
    SEP.6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
    SEP.8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

    MS. Human Impacts
    MS-ESS3-3: Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

    MS. Space Systems
    ESS1.A: The Universe and Its Stars
    MS-ESS1-1: Patterns of the apparent motion of the sun, the moon, and stars in the sky can be observed, described, predicted, and explained with models.
    MS-ESS1-2: Earth and its solar system are part of the Milky Way galaxy, which is one of many galaxies in the universe. 



    RST.6-8.7 Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
    WHST.6-8.1 Write arguments focused on discipline content.
    WHST.6-8.7 Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.

    Mathematics —
    MP.1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
    MP.2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
    MP.4. Model with mathematics.
    MP.5. Use appropriate tools strategically.