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In this unit study, learners will:

  • Explore the groundbreaking contributions of Nicolaus Copernicus to astronomy, particularly his heliocentric model.

  • Investigate the scientific revolution and its impact on our understanding of the cosmos.

  • Engage in hands-on science explorations, including creating 3D models of the solar system to demonstrate heliocentrism.

  • Jump into the captivating works of space artists like Chesley Bonestell and their influence on our perception of space exploration.

  • Learn about Johannes Kepler's laws of planetary motion and the difference between scientific laws and theories.

  • Design creative vacation advertisements for celestial bodies in our solar system, infusing personality and scientific accuracy into their designs.

  • Explore the history of telescopes, from Hans Lippershey's invention to modern-day NASA photography.Participate in artistic projects inspired by space art pioneers like Chesley Bonestell, creating their own celestial artworks using various mediums.

  • Foster critical thinking and creativity through discussions, hands-on activities, and artistic expressions centered around the theme of cosmic exploration.

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Day 1: Cosmic Perspectives - Exploring Copernicus and Heliocentrism


History Makers Society Session:

  • Study Nicolaus Copernicus and his revolutionary heliocentric model.

  • Discuss the scientific revolution and its impact on our understanding of the cosmos, particularly Copernicus's challenge to the geocentric model.


Science Exploration:

  • Create a 3D model of our solar system, showcasing the principles of heliocentrism.

  • Explore the mechanics of planetary motion and the arrangement of celestial bodies.


Art Project:​

  • Learners will be invited to make a solar system necklace or bracelet. 

  • Make a paper mâché or cardboard sculpture sun.

Day 2: Planetary Explorations - Kepler's Laws and Cosmic Adventures


History Makers Society Session:

  • Learn about Johannes Kepler's laws of planetary motion and his contributions to astronomy.

  • Explore the difference between scientific laws and theories, focusing on Kepler's discovery of elliptical orbits.


Science Exploration:

  • Use a random name generator to assign learners a celestial body from our solar system.

  • Design a vacation advertisement poster for their assigned planet, personifying its unique characteristics and calculating travel distances.


Art Exploration:

  • Create visually captivating vacation posters, infusing personality into their chosen celestial destinations.

  • Vote anonymously for the most enticing vacation spot among the posters created by peers.

Day 3: Tools of Exploration - Telescopes and Beyond


History Makers Society Session:

  • Explore the invention of the telescope, credited to Hans Lippershey, and its significance in astronomy.

  • Examine the evolution of telescopes and the advancements in observational astronomy, including NASA's photographic contributions.


Art Project:

  • Discuss Chesley Bonestell's influence on modern space art and his unique style. (We will also offer learners to  work together to build the Tales of Space the Age Lego set that closely resembles his work!)

  • Choose a telescope (such as James Webb) photograph from NASA’s galleries and recreate it in Bonestell's artistic style, using mediums of their choice.


Throughout the unit, learners will engage in hands-on activities, discussions, and artistic explorations to deepen their understanding of cosmic phenomena and the individuals who shaped our perception of the universe.

The above topics provide a general scope for our unit study, serving as a foundation for our exploration of cosmic odyssey. However, we aim to foster a broader learning experience by empowering learners to choose their own paths of research and project-based learning. By encouraging individual interests and inquiries, we enhance engagement and encourage deeper exploration of the diverse aspects of our universe. Throughout the unit study learners will have the opportunity to explore additional activities within the topic in a way that is most comfortable and engaging for them.

*Curriculum developed by Raising Brain, LLC

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