Recreating the Big Bang

From OER in Education
An introduction to the creation of the Universe.

Lesson idea. This session looks at the the standard particle model and the work to re-create the conditions present in the early universe. This is session 4 of a series of 6 entitled Astronomy Master Class.

Teaching approach. This presentation offers a tour of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and explains why it is worth spending money on one experiment. It then delves into particle physics, looking at sub-atomic particles to offer analogies for what these particles are. The session focuses on whole class(ta) dialogue(ta) and higher order(ta) thinking skills as well as exploring scientific language(ta). This 4th session and the 5th are together the most theoretically complex and they present challenges to young peoples world views. As such they are led as much by their questions(ta) as by the presentation. (edit)

Resource details
Title Recreating the Big Bang
Topic [[Topics/Astronomy|Astronomy]]
Teaching approach

[[Teaching Approaches/Dialogue|Dialogue]],  [[Teaching Approaches/Higher order|Higher order]],  [[Teaching Approaches/Questioning|Questioning]],  [[Teaching Approaches/Whole class|Whole class]],  [[Teaching Approaches/Language|Language]]

Learning Objectives
  • Appreciating that the Big Bang was neither big nor went bang.
  • Understanding why the work at CERN will not destroy the Earth and what their work is about.
  • Appreciating the discoveries of particle physics and why the Higgs Boson is such a critical thing to try to find.
Format / structure

A 31 minute narrated screen cast which is part of the full, six hour 'Astronomy Master Class'. Also supplied as a Prezi and a Acrobat file should you wish to do the presentation yourself. The Astronomy Master Class overview tells how the resource was used.



Age of students / grade

[[Resources/Secondary|Secondary]],  [[Resources/Year 10|Year 10]]

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