Earth Science Week Update Special Alert!

American Geosciences Institute - October 2019

Black Holes and Science Standards in Unique Event

You're invited to participate in a free, online opportunity for students in middle and high school to learn more about the Event Horizon Telescope project, which produced the black hole image that quickly became world-famous last spring.

The Black Hole PIRE project is offering a live course taught by two scientists and members of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), the global collaboration behind the first-ever black hole image announced in April 2019. This course will be provided free of charge to classrooms (grades 8-12) around the country. This presentation will introduce the EHT, explain the motivation for taking an image of a black hole, and highlight the technological and algorithmic advances required to obtain the image. This will be offered on November 21, 2019.

In addition to the live course, the EHT scientists will provide four corresponding lesson plans and activities that focus on teaching Kepler's laws, developing intuition for gravitation and planetary orbits, and data analysis. These complete lessons plans are completely optional but suggested for classroom instruction the three days prior to the live talk (Monday-Wednesday). The fourth lesson plan provides the opportunity for students to apply what they have learned. This will be a hands-on group project where students will use real astronomical data to measure the mass of the black hole at the center of our galaxy.

This teaching module will address Next Generation Science Standards, particularly HS-ESS1-4 Earth's Place in the Universe. Teachers are encouraged to register today.

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