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Voyages Through Time: Everything Evolves

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 September 2017

Jane Fisher
Affiliation:
SETI Institute, 2035 Landings Drive, Mountain View, CA 94043, U.S.A.
Jill Tarter
Affiliation:
SETI Institute, 2035 Landings Drive, Mountain View, CA 94043, U.S.A.
Edna DeVore
Affiliation:
SETI Institute, 2035 Landings Drive, Mountain View, CA 94043, U.S.A.
Yvonne Pendleton
Affiliation:
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035, U.S.A.
Kathleen O'Sullivan
Affiliation:
San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132, U.S.A.
Meg Burke
Affiliation:
California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118, U.S.A.

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The SETI Institute, the California Academy of Sciences, NASA Ames Research Center, and San Francisco State University have developed standards-based curriculum materials for a one-year high school integrated science course centered on the unifying theme of evolution. Scientists, teachers, curriculum writers, and media specialists are currently finalizing six modules that integrate astronomical, geological, and biological sciences as well as the history of science and technology. The sequence of lessons in each module is designed to promote students' understanding and skills as defined by the National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks for Science Literacy. The modules cover: Cosmic Evolution, Planetary Evolution, Origin of Life, Evolution of Life, Hominid Evolution, and the Evolution of Technology. The core lessons for all six modules are provided via CD-ROM, including instructional guidelines, science background information, and additional resources (print, audiovisual, software, WWW sites, and databases). These products will be published as a complete set for use as a yearlong science course and will also be available as individual modules for use in discipline-based courses. Evolutionary change is a powerful framework for studying our world and our place therein. It is a story of epic size, capable of inspiring awe and of expanding our sense of time and place. This story is the basis of Voyages Through Time.

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Education and Outreach
Copyright
Copyright © Astronomical Society of the Pacific 2004 

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