Welcome to the home of Astrobiology: Life Among the Stars, a new PA science course currently under development with a hoped for introduction to the Phillips Academy curriculum for the 2018-19 school year. This course is the result of a collaboration between Caroline Odden, Instructor in and Chair of the Department of Physics, and Jerry Hagler, Instructor in Biology. Here you will find the latest astrobiology news, thoughts about the course and current state of the syllabus.
Overview: This course is designed to be a general introduction to the field of Astrobiology, which, according to Wikipedia, is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe: extraterrestrial life and life on Earth. Astrobiology addresses the question of whether life exists beyond Earth, and how humans can detect it if it does (Wikipedia).
Prerequisites: At least one year of laboratory science. This course is designed to be a general science course designed to be enjoyed by any student in the 11th or 12th grades. No specific scientific background will be required to enroll.
Textbook: We are planning to use Wikipedia as the main source of information utilized for this course. It has been our experience that Wikipedia maintains readable articles relevant to this field that are kept immediately up-to-date with scientifically accurate information by the Wikipedia user base. Therefore, we will use this rich source of information as our sole textbook. Additional materials (articles, videos, etc) will be added to supplement as needed. Here is a link to a preliminary version of the Astrobiology textbook.
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