Science Education

Astronomy Lessons Available in Homeschool Edition

Slooh, a company that allows for space exploration via a network of online telescopes, has launched a homeschool astronomy program. The science lessons will include weekly webinars for students.

Learners will work through science curriculum that uses telescopes situated on mountaintops in multiple locations around the world. Students are guided through gamified, self-directed learning activities with access to astronomy educators. They earn badges and "gravity points" for completing "quests" that challenge them to hunt down phenomena in space. For example, students might collect images as they explore space, analyze their data and draw conclusions in a series of activities that culminate in the creation of their own personalized infographic featuring images they've captured.

The company said that no astronomy background was required.

Courses are available for students in grades 5-8 and 9-12. The cost is $50 per individual student. Discounts are available for groups of students.

Learn more at the company website.

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Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.