Space: To Infinity and Beyond

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Space: To Infinity and Beyond
Science Course
Course CodeSPOF
Year Opened2017
Sites OfferedALE, GIL, LAJ, SAN
Previously OfferedSTP
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Course Description

From the CTY Course Catalog (2017):

Will the sun ever become a black hole, and what would happen to the earth if it does? How long would it take to travel to another planet, and how would you know you can live there?

This course introduces students to the scope and scale of our solar system and how it fits into the universe. As students explore the moon, planets, and stars, they discuss how advances in math, science, and philosophy have shaped our understanding of the physical universe beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. Students craft their own creation stories; think critically about what items would be most useful if they were stranded on the moon; and discuss evolution, genetics, and Fermi estimation problems as they consider the likelihood of alien life. Students leave this one-week course with answers to many of their questions about space and an appreciation for the history, math, and physics concepts behind those answers.