Big History

This class is FULL.  Please contact Heddi at heddicr@gmail.com if you wish to be on the waiting list.

This is a class for students approximate ages 11 and up.  The class is free to supporting members and $2-5 donation/class for everyone else.    There will be an occasional in class materials fee.

We will meet on Thursdays from 10-11am starting September 19, 2013.

Activity Rating: Mellow

What is Big History?

"In a sense big history is very simple. The 10 units of our course string together accounts of the past that are familiar to specialists in many different fields. We recount the story of the origins of the Universe that is familiar to cosmologists and astronomers; we describe the history and evolution of earth, a story familiar to specialists in the earth sciences; then we describe the origins and evolution of life on Earth over almost four billion years, a story that every biologist knows. The course ends with the story of our own strange species, Homo sapiens, a story whose various chapters are usually scattered between paleontology, anthropology, prehistory and history. If you put all these stories together you find that you have a modern, science based origin story, a coherent account of how things came to be the way they are. That story is fascinating, deep, full of exotic surprises and full of meaning. It also provides a wonderful foundation for thinking about the future because it can help students explore where things are going."
From Letter to Teachers by David Christian of the Big History Project

You can learn more about Big History here:  http://bighistoryproject.com/

How do sign up my child?  Can I sign up after it has started?

In order to join this class, you need to contact Heddi Craft at heddicr@gmail.com with your child's name, age, and email address.  You are welcome to sign after the class has started but you might want to review the previous material in order to "catch up" on the story.

What does this class include?

There will be an online portion of the class with readings and videos that need to be completed between classes as well as occasional short writing or research exercises.  We will use class time to discuss and further explore the material.  Additional writing and projects will be suggested, but parents will be responsible for the completion of those assignments if you wish to use them as part of your learning experience.  There will be opportunities in class to share extra completed writing/projects.

What's the schedule like?

Here is our tentative schedule for the year:

Sept. 19- Unit 1: What is Big History?

Sept. 26- no class


Oct. 3- Unit 2: The Big Bang

Oct. 10- Unit 2: The Big Bang

Oct. 17- Unit 2: The Big Bang

Oct. 24- Unit 3: Stars and Elements

Oct. 31-Unit 3: Stars and Elements


Nov. 7- Unit 4: Our Solar System and Earth

Nov. 14- Unit 4: Our Solar System and Earth

Nov. 21- Unit 4: Our Solar System and Earth

28- no class


Dec. 5- Unit 5: What is Life?

Dec. 12- no class

Dec. 19- Unit 5: What is Life?

Dec. 26- no class


Jan. 2- no class

Jan. 9- Unit 6: Early Humans

Jan. 16- Unit 6: Early Humans

Jan. 23- Unit 6: Early Humans

Jan. 30- Unit 6: Early Humans


Feb. 6- no class

Feb. 13- Unit 7: Agriculture and Civilization

Feb. 20- Unit 7: Agriculture and Civilization

Feb. 27- Unit 7: Agriculture and Civilization


March 6- Unit 8: Expansion and Interconnection

March 13- Unit 8: Expansion and Interconnection

March 20- Unit 8: Expansion and Interconnection

March 27- Unit 8: Expansion and Interconnection


April 3- no class

April 10- Unit 9: Acceleration

April 17- no class

April 24- Unit 9: Acceleration


May 1- Unit 9: Acceleration

May 8- no class

May 15- Unit 10: The Future

May 22- Unit 10: The Future




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