More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
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New Astronomy Course at Grady High School
My students need sky globes as physical teaching aids to help bring the world of astronomy to their hands.
Astronomy is a class that is truly "out of this world." However, therein lies the difficulty understanding this awesome science class. Students often times have difficulty understanding such abstract concepts without visual aids.
I teach in an inner city public high school in Atlanta, GA.
The school is a Title 1 school with many challenges. That being said, it has a great sense of community and the students are challenged and rise to meet that challenge most of the time. Astronomy students are usually juniors or seniors who elect to take the course.
Visual aids in the astronomy classroom bring that sense of reality to this abstract science. The globes that we want are very accurate, as they are made from NASA images. This provides up to date information that is useful for classroom discussions and possible labs. The Sunspotter we want is used in a lab that I wrote- up where the students will track sunspots across the surface.
The visual aids that are requested for the astronomy class are quite expensive due to their very specialized market.
On top of that, the school systems continue to "trim the fat" and unfortunately, new supplies are often times first on the budgetary chopping block. While schools realize their impact on the students, the money is just not available to start up a new program.
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