Cosmic Microwave Background

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Begin your next class with a BANG! Pupils discuss the formation of our universe and its expansion before proceeding with an activity designed to demonstrate what most likely occurred billions of years ago. They conclude with a discussion on how these historical events relate to modern day science.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have the class research the history of our universe and why the Big Bang is the most widely accepted theory of the universe's origination
  • Challenge the class to provide an alternate ending to the required "Cosmic Times" article; discuss these endings at the end of this lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Ensure no participant has an allergy to latex; if someone is allergic to latex, provide an alternate form of balloon for the experiment
  • Detailed outline of lesson plan allows educators to modify and expand activities as desired
  • Hands-on activity relates to historical events important for the scientific community
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