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Kathryn Mattila Kathryn Mattila 2625 Points

I am trying to come up with an inquiry based lesson that involves astronomy and chemical reactions. Does anyone have any good ideas or places that I can start looking? Thank you.

Ruth Hutson Ruth Hutson 64765 Points

Hi Kathryn,

Check out NASA explorer schools. You will have to sign up, but they have a myriad of resources.

Carolyn Mohr Carolyn Mohr 92316 Points

Hi Kathryn,
You might check out the Elegant Universe series and NOVA, too. Since elements are made 'in' stars, fusion would be important to discuss.
Carolyn

Pamela Auburn Pamela Auburn 68625 Points

PBS just broadcast Hunting the Elements Program Description Where do nature’s building blocks, called the elements, come from? They’re the hidden ingredients of everything in our world, from the carbon in our bodies to the metals in our smartphones. To unlock their secrets, David Pogue, the lively host of NOVA’s popular "Making Stuff" series and technology correspondent of The New York Times, spins viewers through the world of weird, extreme chemistry: the strongest acids, the deadliest poisons, the universe’s most abundant elements, and the rarest of the rare—substances cooked up in atom smashers that flicker into existence for only fractions of a second. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/hunting-elements.html There is also an ipad app http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/elements-ipad-app.html

Pamela Auburn Pamela Auburn 68625 Points

Also have a look at chapter 5 forging the elements from this section of the PBS program origins http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/space/origins-series-overview.html#origins-back-beginning

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