Alien Ecosytems-Online

Date(s) & Location(s):
June 10 - 28, 2024
Program Details:

The first two weeks of each course take place asynchronously and consist of about 7 hours of work per week. During the third week of each course, students will interact with their instructor and other students via video conferencing meetings, and the course will be about 20 hours of work.

The synchronous portion of this course during the third week will be from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Monday-Friday.

Grades Eligible:
Rising  10th 11th 12th
Course Description:

Students will be exposed to concepts from planetary science such as the main sequence of solar evolution, plate tectonics, nutrient cycling, and other aspects that determine whether a planet can support life.  They will choose a planet and estimate how much life it might support, and then divide that estimate into populations at each trophic level.  Finally, they will produce descriptions and drawings of alien creatures, which will be peer-reviewed for scientific plausibility and then combined into ecosystem-level diagrams.

Randall Hayes
About The Instructor:

I am an entrepreneur and science fiction author. You can find out more than you ever wanted to know about me at