Science & Nature

FLEX Explore with Fractal Mom--FLEX--Planets, Paxi and the Three Solar Systems

In this 5 week FLEX class, students will explore our solar system and make their own scale model --Then we will talk about exoplanets, and create our own solar systems to share with each other using Video Messages instead of meeting live.
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Completed by 5 learners
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No live meetings

Over 5 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per week

How does aFlexible Schedulecourse work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Class Experience

Students will learn to critically think about the world around them, and start to understand the scale of their surroundings in comparison to the scale of things much bigger and much smaller than themselves. 
I am an Oceangrapher-Mom with a PhD who switched to soundscape ecology when my kids were young and we moved to Montréal.  My kids and I started recording with a hydrophone in the lake and a recorder on a floating dock at the University of Montreal's Biological research station, and kept on listening in our backyard and the roof of their school.   I have worked with marine biologists, fishermen,  fisheries managers, ship captains, environmentalists, and all sorts of oceanographers (physical, chemical, biological, geological). As a team, we have looked at how plankton dynamics are affected by ocean currents, how fisheries respond to climactic changes in circulation, and how whales and dolphins respond to our research efforts in their homes.   I am teaching these classes because the world needs citizen scientists who can think critically about how our world is changing, and find new ways to communicate, innovate, and compensate.   I am so lucky to have found Outschool-- I have learned so much from exploring with students from all over the world during the past year.
Learners will be asked to post pictures of their projects on the classroom site,  and answer questions about their creations! They can post words, pictures, songs, videos or artwork to present their ideas for their planetary system, and I will post personal video feedback on each one. 
 1 file available upon enrollment
Supply list: Tape or post-it notes that can be written on 8 sheets of toilet paper Basketball, soccer ball, or similar sized pillow or other object Supplies to be creative in making a model solar system of the learner's choosing
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Learner progress is assessed through video feedback on their projects and questions.
No live meetings, and maybe some time outside of class.
We will use, and the European Space Agency site to access educational resources from the Outschool Classroom.  Students will also have access to the Google Classroom for this course, which will include links to all the materials that some learners may find easier to navigate.


Karen Fisher Favret the FractalMom
Lives in Canada
Oceanographer and Biodiversity Scientist for Spatial Temporal Earth
171 total reviews
110 completed classes

About Me

My goal is to bring as many new observers into the growing global network of Citizen Scientists as possible!  I have a PhD from Cornell, am a visiting scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), have done forensics on hostage videos... 
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