Solar Exploration

Special Problems in Physics – Solar Explorations

Funded by the National Space Grant Foundation Grant

Graduate Course: PHYS 5303, September 11th, 18th, 25th and October 2nd, 2010

This course is designed to be a content rich course for science teachers.The areas covered will include Formation History of the Solar System, the Sun our “lab rat star”, Planetary Geology, Planetary Satellites & Comets. The feasibility of a Solar System exploration and habitation program will be discussed.

Students will be encouraged to develop classroom activities and lesson plans during the course and share these with class mates. The timeline will be 4 days at the Summer Institute and 1-2 days follow up in the academic year with classroom visits, video taping lessons and trouble-shooting. The planned activities are aligned with SLE’s. 3hours graduate/undergraduate credit.

Project Investigator: Dr. Umadevi Garimella, Arkansas Center for Mathematics and Science Education (ACMSE)

Teaching Faculty: Dr. Debra L. Burris, Dept of Physics and Astronomy.

University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR

Summer Class Solar System Exploration Brochure

NSGF Documents, Powerpoint Slides, Pictures and Videos

NASA Resources

NASA Resources Links

NASA Web Resources

Steps to register for the class:

1. Fill in on-line commitment form

On-line form

2. Apply to the UCA graduate program

If you have taken any course since 2007 at UCA, you don’t have to go through the process. But to make sure you are in the system please call the graduate office 501-450-3124.