How Crosscutting Concepts Are Related: A Case Study from Astronomy

Although the many different topics of science and engineering may suggest that these fields are fragmented, crosscutting concepts show that they are actually part of the same approach to making sense of the world around us. In this webinar, Dr. Cary Sneider will take the next step in unifying the sciences by showing that crosscutting concepts are closely related to each other. The webinar will begin with an activity that will help participants understand what motivated Galileo to support the very unpopular idea at the time that Earth is not the center of the universe, but rather a planet spinning and whirling through space. While the examples used will be from a middle school astronomy unit, the essential ideas can be applied across the K–12 spectrum.