The Voyages Through Time curriculum FAQs

What is Voyages Through Time?
Who developed the curriculum?
Who are the target students?
What are the overarching curriculum learning goals?
How many modules are there?
What are the modules?
Can they be used individually?
Is the curriculum based on any standards?
What instructional model is VTT based upon?
Has it been tested?
Can I preview the program?
How much does it cost?
What is included in the package?
How do I order it?
How do I pay?

What is Voyages Through Time?

Voyages Through Time is a one-year high school integrated science curriculum centered on the theme of evolution, comprised of six modules.  Modules are also appropriate for use in discipline-specific courses.

Who developed the curriculum?

The SETI Institute, the California Academy of Sciences, NASA Ames Research Center, and San Francisco State University created Voyages Through Time with funding from the National Science Foundation and support from the Hewlett-Packard Corporation, the Foundation for Microbiology, and the Combined Federated Charities.  Teachers,scientists, curriculum writers, and multimedia specialists all worked together on the modules. 

Who are the target students?

Ninth and tenth grade high school students that have achieved middle school science skills and content standards for physical, life, and geo sciences.

What are the overarching curriculum goals?

There are five overarching learning goals for this curriculum:

  • evolution is the result of cumulative changes over time that occur in all realms of the natural world
  • the various processes underlying these changes
  • the differing time scales and rates of change
  • the connections and relationships across the realms of change
  • science is a process of advancing our understanding of the natural world, not a set of final answers

Each module contains detailed daily learning goals and objectives.

How many modules are there?

Six

What are the modules?

Cosmic Evolution
Planetary Evolution
Origin of Life
Evolution of Life
Hominid Evolution
Evolution of Technology

Can they be used individually?

Yes, the modules can be used separately in discipline-specific courses.

Is the curriculum based on any standards?

Yes, the curriculum is based on the recommendations in the National Science Education Standards (NRC, 1996) and Benchmarks for Science Literacy (AAAS, 1993).

What instructional model is VTT based upon?

VTT is based upon a constructivist instructional model developed by the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, 1996 known as the "E"s:  Engage - Explore - Explain - Elaborate - Evaluate.  Inquiry-based learning is also emphasized.

Has it been tested?

VTT was field tested in San Francisco Bay Area between 1999 and 2001, and tested nationally in the 2001/2002 school year.

Can I preview the program?

Yes.  You can take an online tour of the curriculum, and you may request a 30 day free trial of the program when you order.

How much does it cost?

Individual module packages are $199 each; the entire curriculum is $999, plus tax, shipping, and handling.

What is included in the package?

Each module comes with 2 teacher CD-ROMs, 10 student readers, and 5 student CD-ROMs.

How do I order it?

Click here for ordering information.

How do I pay?

Payment can be with credit card, purchase order, check, or money order.