One Small Step for Man: The Moon, 50 years after Apollo 11

Ref: C2341112

July marks the 50th anniversary of Armstrong and Aldrin stepping foot on the Moon. What did the Apollo programme teach us about our satellite? What benefits does space travel bestow on mankind? In addition to marking this important anniversary and discussing these points, we will learn about objects in the summer night sky as well as some recent developments in astronomy. How much has astronomical knowledge in general changed in the past half century?

Course aim

To provide learners with an understanding of what the Apollo programme has taught us on this 50th anniversary of Man landing on the Moon. To inform learners about objects visible in the summer night sky and to encourage them to go out and observe.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • State THREE important findings about the Moon from the US Apollo programme
  • Describe THREE major discoveries in astronomy made in the last 50 years
  • Recognise stars and planets in the spring/summer sky
  • Participate in a small group project
  • Bring to class an object, drawing, photograph or article etc. that will be of interest to others.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Please bring a pen and notepad.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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One Small Step for Man: The Moon, 50 years after Apollo 11

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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