Galaxy classification and formation

Eleftheria Tsourlidaki
Age range: 
10-12, 12-14, 14-16, 16-18
Language: 
English
Level of difficulty: 
Easy
Level of interaction: 
High
Average learning time: 
2 didactic hours
Access rights: 
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)
Description: 

This activity aims to introduce to students the concept of varying galactic morphologies. Students will look in detail at images of numerous galaxies derived from the ‘Faulkes telescopes’ and they will attempt to classify them according to their own notion and then according to the Hubble Classification Scheme. Moreover, the class will try to investigate the origin of the shapes of the galaxies that stem from galaxy interactions using the “Galaxy Crash’ simulation.

Inquiry Learning Phases: 
Orientation (Orientation)
Apps in use: 

A simple note taking app for the students. This app automatically saves the notes for each student separately.Read more

Category: 
General apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget
Hypothesis (Conceptualisation)
Apps in use: 

The Concept Mapper tool lets learners create concept maps, to get an overview of the key concepts and their relations in a scientific domain. They can define their own concepts and relations or choose from a list of predefined terms.

As a...Read more

Category: 
Go-Lab inquiry apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget

A simple note taking app for the students. This app automatically saves the notes for each student separately.Read more

Category: 
General apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget
Experimentation - Classification (Investigation)
Apps in use: 

The Concept Mapper tool lets learners create concept maps, to get an overview of the key concepts and their relations in a scientific domain. They can define their own concepts and relations or choose from a list of predefined terms.

As a...Read more

Category: 
Go-Lab inquiry apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget

The Concept Mapper tool lets learners create concept maps, to get an overview of the key concepts and their relations in a scientific domain. They can define their own concepts and relations or choose from a list of predefined terms.

As a...Read more

Category: 
Go-Lab inquiry apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget

This app allows students to upload files, e.g., assignment and reports, to the Inquiry learning Space. The app also allows teachers to download the uploaded files.Read more

Category: 
Collaboration apps, General apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget

A simple note taking app for the students. This app automatically saves the notes for each student separately.Read more

Category: 
General apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget

The observation tool allows students to record observations made while preparing, conducting and analyzing experiments. Observations, together with data analyses, can later be retrieved in the conclusion tool as a basis for drawing conclusions....Read more

Category: 
Go-Lab inquiry apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget
Experimentation - Formation ()
Labs in use: 

The Faulkes Telescope Project provides access free-of-charge via the internet to robotic telescopes and a fully supported education programme to encourage teachers and students to engage in research-based science education.

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Lab owner: 
Fraser Lewis,
Paul Roche
Language: 
English
Age range: 
10-12, 12-14, 14-16, 16-18
Go-lab approved

Students are asked to make predictions on how galaxies form and evolve in the Universe. They will use the ‘Galaxy Crash’ tool to simulate the evolution of 2 disc galaxies over time, and see if the results match their predictions.
Finally,...Read more

Lab owner: 
Chris Mihos
Language: 
English
Age range: 
12-14, 14-16, 16-18
Apps in use: 

The observation tool allows students to record observations made while preparing, conducting and analyzing experiments. Observations, together with data analyses, can later be retrieved in the conclusion tool as a basis for drawing conclusions....Read more

Category: 
Go-Lab inquiry apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget
Data Interpretation ()
Apps in use: 

A simple note taking app for the students. This app automatically saves the notes for each student separately.Read more

Category: 
General apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget
Conclusion (Conclusion)
Apps in use: 

A simple note taking app for the students. This app automatically saves the notes for each student separately.Read more

Category: 
General apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget

In the conclusion tool the learners can check whether the results of experiments in the form of data graphs and/or observations support their hypotheses from the hypothesis scratchpad or are relevant for the questions posed in the question...Read more

Category: 
Go-Lab inquiry apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget
Discussion (Discussion)
Apps in use: 

A simple note taking app for the students. This app automatically saves the notes for each student separately.Read more

Category: 
General apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget
Educational objective: 

Cognitive Objectives: Types of Knowledge

Factual: Knowledge of basic elements, e.g. terminology, symbols, specific details, etc

Scenario: 

Basic Go-Lab Scenario

Organisational requirements: 

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Students' prior knowledge: 
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