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Educator Resource: Curriculum Module

‘We are Made of Starstuff’

The carbon in our bodies, the gold in the Black Hills, and the xenon in LUX/LZ were born in the stars. Learn how we are made of starstuff.
High School
Time required
A minimum of ten 55-minute sessions

Students take their understanding of the periodic table to a third dimension, through the topic of nucleosynthesis (formation of the elements). They explore the nuclear processes of radioactive decay, fusion and fission. Then, armed with that basic knowledge, delve into processes that formed the elements: Big Bang, stellar and explosive nucleosynthesis. These topics introduce physical and earth/space science standards that are often not covered in the standard curriculum. 

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