Wonderful Universe Curriculum
This course from the American Museum of Natural History addresses core concepts in astrophysics: energy and force, conservation laws, Newton’s laws, gravity and orbits, quantization, light, and space-time. Light topics include spectroscopy and electron energy levels, photos versus waves, the electromagnetic spectrum, and blackbody radiation. The course also covers basic mathematical skills, including units of measurement, scientific notation, and trigonometry. Activities and planetarium viewings reinforce each topic. The Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP) provides New York City high school students with the opportunity to undertake year-long research projects with American Museum of Natural History scientists. Prior to their research year, students complete a series of 6-week long after-school courses designed to prepare them for the research experience. Co-taught and co-designed by Museum educators and scientists, SRMP course curriculum connects content, theory, and methodologies to the current, cutting-edge research of Museum scientists. These curricula are designed to be taught in the Museum and make use of Museum resources and scientists; however, many lessons can be taught anywhere.