Space Telescope: Optics and the EM Spectrum:
In this MEA, students will:
- identify and compare characteristics of the electromagnetic spectrum such as wavelength, frequency, and energy.
- understand the benefits of studying astronomy using the electromagnetic spectrum and appreciate the amount of knowledge available through data and observations such as planetary images and satellite photographs.
- assess the value of technology in science for such purposes as access to outer space and other remote locations, sample collection, measurement, data collection and storage, computation, and communication of information.
- be able to describe the vast distances between objects in space using an understanding of light and how it travels.
- be able to analyze scientific texts and support their findings with textual evidence.
Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.