Investigating Astronomy is a full-year astronomy course written expressly for high-school students. It includes all major topics in an astronomy course while engaging students in hands-on investigations. Students also use technology that helps them learn in an interactive and meaningful way.
Investigating Astronomy focuses on science and engineering practices.
One of the important practices emphasized in Investigating Astronomy is the process of making scientific claims and supporting them with evidence, and using scientific reasoning to justify and revise those claims.
Investigating Astronomy engages students with active learning.
Each unit has a series of Explorations based on an Essential Question that guides learning. The Explorations prepare students for the unit Challenge, a project that makes use of all information presented in the unit.
Investigating Astronomy provides a Web-Based Data Center.
The Investigating Astronomy Data Center, used in many of the curriculum activities, gives students a sense of working with real data using tools that are similar to those astronomers use, but with an interface that does not require a steep learning curve.