This learner has completed ID verification. Find out more.
Certificate of Achievement
has completed the following course:
This course explored the basic concepts of teaching primary level space science and astronomy. Key topics covered included: scientific concepts behind the Sun, Earth, Moon system, the seasons, eclipses, the Solar System, how to apply knowledge and experiment with new methods of teaching space science and how to openly discuss challenging topics within the field of astronomy and space science with students.
3 weeks, 3 hours per week
Senior Manager: Astronomy Education
Royal Observatory Greenwich
- Explain the scientific concepts behind the Sun, Earth, Moon system, the seasons, eclipses and the Solar System and interpret them in an appropriate, accurate and understandable way for your students.
- Apply your knowledge and experiment with new methods of teaching space science.
- Openly discuss challenging topics within the field of astronomy and space science with your class.
- Reflect on your perceptions of science and scientists so that you can self-modify any perceptions that could be potentially discourage students from exploring the subject further.
- Identify reliable sources of information relating to cutting edge astronomy and space science and lead a discussion with your students about how real science, real people and real data relates to the world around us.
Week 1 - Tackling scary science
- Communicating space science and astronomy
- Perceptions of science
- Explain astronomical concepts
- Reflect on your teaching
- Common misconceptions
Week 2 - Teaching primary science and beyond
- Teaching astronomy
- Going off-curriculum
Week 3 - New science - taking it beyond the classroom
- Real science, real scientists, real data
- Science outside the classroom
- What next? Incorporating new ideas in the classroom
Issued on 19th August 2018
The person named on this certificate has completed the activities in the transcript above. For more information about Certificates of Achievement and the effort required to become eligible, visit futurelearn.com/proof-of-learning/certificate-of-achievement.
This certificate represents proof of learning. It is not a formal qualification, degree, or part of a degree.
Free online course: