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Einstein's Messengers and National Science Standards

Connection to National Science Standards

Science Themes
Student Study Guide and Teachers' Guide

The table below lists themes of “Einstein's Messengers” that relate to science standards which appear in SFAA, BSL and NSES. The column on the right lists outcomes related to the themes and standards that students could accrue from watching and discussing the film.


STANDARDS-RELATED THEMES

 

LEARNER OUTCOMES RELATED TO THEMES

Science ideas change over time

 

Recognize that important scientific ideas can change

Einstein's model of gravity, general relativity

 

Contrast Einstein's model of gravity with
Newton 's

Wave behavior

 

Recognize the similarity between gravitational waves and other types of waves

The role of technology

 

Recognize that interferometers are new tools in the search for gravitational waves

Models are scientific tools

 

Recognize that computers are essential in constructing models of star collisions and similar events

Sociology of Science

 

Describe the size of the LIGO project in terms of numbers of scientists, engineers and students involved

Human values in science

 

Describe the role of curiosity in the advancement of science