Teaching is more effective when students witness the practical application of the ideas being taught. Throughout the unit “Learning trips” will be taken to expose students to collaborative work of Astronomers and other scientists engaged in collaborative research of the Universe and our Solar System. Major Universities all have Departments of Astronomy and some planetariums. Viewing of movies such as Apollo 13 and computer software programs such as, The Encyclopedia of Space and the Universe, (Multi-media DK, Doring, Kindershey, C. 1998), will show how scientists collaborate to solve problem situations and explore in space. The objective is that students will learn quickly it is better to have more than one brain working on a problem. Expectations of team work is seen throughout the unit.
Another advantage for students to align and integrate with logical reasoning skills is to have tools to relate to and with beliefs and philosophies of mankind. Students will hopefully know how to think to resolve questions considering so called interpretations and inconsistencies.