Life in the Universe Curriculum FAQs

What is the Life in the Universe Curriculum?
Who developed them?
Who are the target students?
How many teaching packages are there?
What is the subject of each package, and the appropriate grade levels?
What is included in each package?
Have these been tested?
Have they been reviewed?
How do I obtain the guides?

What is the Life in the Universe Curriculum?

The Life in the Universe curriculum is a set of resources designed to bring the excitement of searching for life beyond Earth into elementary and middle school classrooms.  It explores the many facets of how scientists are trying to answer these questions: Where did life come from? What is its future? Are we alone?

Who developed them?

The SETI Institute, with funding from the National Science Foundation, joined with a team of educators, curriculum developers, and scientists to create these award-winning classroom materials.  SETI Institute scientists researching the varied disciplines of astrobiology share their expertise and experiences. 

Who are the target students?

The curriculum is targeted to a range of students from elementary through middle school, depending on the teaching package.

How many teaching packages are there?

Six

What is the subject of each package, and the appropriate grade levels?

  • The Science Detectives, grades 3-4:  the Solar System and States of Matter
  • The SETI Academy Planet Project Volume 1: The Evolution of a Planetary System, grades 5-6: Earth Science
  • The SETI Academy Planet Project Volume 2: How Might Life Evolve on Other Worlds, grades 5-6: Life Science
  • The SETI Academy Planet Project Volume 3: The Rise of Intelligence and Culture, grades 5-6: Paleontology and Sociology
  • Life: Here? There? ElseWhere? The Search for Life on Venus and Mars, grades 7-8: Biology
  • Project Haystack: The Search for Life in the Galaxy, grades 8-9: Astronomy and SETI Science

What is included in each package?

Each package contains a supplemental teacher's science guide with sequential, interdiscipinary, hands-on science activities, a videotape, and a poster to complement the guides.

Have these been tested?

The guides have been nationally tested in a variety of schools representing a broad range of students.

Have they been reviewed?

Yes, by such sources as Science Books and Film, Space Frontier News, and THINK.  Click here to see the reviews.

The Life in the Universe curriculum Guides Planet Project volumes 2 and 3 were designated "Best Children's Science Book" by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

How do I obtain the guides?

The guides can be downloaded as free PDF Files insert http://www.seti.org/epo/litu