Exoplanet Hunting? In History Class? Interpreting Transit Graphs

David Burzillo, BHP Teacher Massachusetts, USA When I started teaching many years ago, the only known planets in the Universe were considered to be in our Solar System. In the last 20 years, more than 3,200 exoplanets have been confirmed, another 2,400 are being vetted, and over 2,400 solar systems have been discovered. Amazing! Even … Continue reading Exoplanet Hunting? In History Class? Interpreting Transit Graphs

BHP + Newsela = Love

Chris Scaturo, Big History Teacher New Jersey, USA “Hey, Mr. Scaturo, can I take some more quizzes?” I swear on my union-mandated, 28-minute, uninterrupted lunch break a student said that to me this morning. He wants to take more quizzes. He wants to read more articles. He likes using Newsela. One of the beautiful things … Continue reading BHP + Newsela = Love

Communing with Other Worlds: Is Proxima Centauri B Ready for a Text Message?

Lucy Bennison Laffitte, MEd, PhD Executive Committee, International Big History Association North Carolina, USA People have been pondering other worlds since we first crawled down from the trees onto the grasslands and looked up at the night sky. Watching the nightly rising and setting of stars, monthly changes of the moon, periodic meteor showers, yearly … Continue reading Communing with Other Worlds: Is Proxima Centauri B Ready for a Text Message?