Trace the History of Big Ideas in Science
Science literacy is a crucial skill for addressing the challenges humanity faces. Take a sweeping look at the history of science ideas, beginning with Aristotle and universe-creation stories and moving toward Newton and Einstein, as well as modern awareness of climate change.
We will trace the chronology of historical periods and of science ideas in relation to history. Students will learn to
identify and contextualize key science figures and concepts. We will engage critical thinking through discussions and group projects such as solving science story problems, creating sci-fi graphic novel scenes, preparing dramatic science- themed dialogues and developing science hero biographies. Students will emerge with the ability to talk confidently about major science developments and contributions.
What You Will Learn
- Gain an understanding of the history of ideas as interdisciplinary (including science, literature, art and religion)
- Review the chronology of historical periods and of science ideas in relation to history
- Develop an understanding of science ideas as a narrative involving dialogue with other spheres, especially religious ideas
- Learn to identify and contextualize key science figures and concepts
- Gain the ability to talk confidently about major science contributions
- Practice applying knowledge in reflective contexts such as activities and projects
- Increase their awareness of climate change and the challenges it presents
Note: During the first week of Junior Academy, this class is shortened to four days because of the Fourth of July holiday. A five-day version of the class, Big Science Ideas, is offered later in the academy.
Return to the Sally Ride Science Junior Academy website here.
Course Number: SCI-90004
Credit: 0.00 unit(s)
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6/29/2020 - 7/2/2020