Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cosmic Afrika - Then and Now - The Astronomy Course

Cosmic Afrika I & II -  
 Claudia Alexande
Astronomy Then and Now!
These are the featured science courses this semester. Mama Erica and Baba Balogun will teach the middle and high school sections of this course- respectively. 

The Pyramids
As above, so below
Afrikans invented clock time. Afrikan time is cosmic people's time (CPT). This course starts where time began - with us. The way we counted time was based on the cosmos - the movement of the "heavenly" bodies. Major calendar today is based on our star charts. Did you know that in ancient KMT (Egypt), we had identified over 43 constellations. Our mantra was "As above, so below." 

The Dogon
A seed is a star, a star is a seed! 
 Students will observe and photograph the night sky in search of constellations themselves. They will have to walk a mile in our ancestor's astronomical sandals including understanding 

  • amplitude 
  • azimuth 
  • declination 
  • celestial equator 
  • ecliptic 
  • South Afrikan,
    Astrophysicist, Thebe Mudepe
  • and much more. 

Of course we won't stay in KMT, we'll follow the Dogon to Sirus, and visit Namortunga II and the Turkana people of northern Kenya. 

Since we invented clock time, we'll do some time travel from the past to the present to meet up with -

  •  South Afrikan astrophysicist Thebe Medup
  •  Black Hole astrophysicist -Neil DeGrass Tyson 
  • Cultural astronomer, Jarita Holbrook 
  • Geophysicist, Claudia Alexander
  • and more...

Students will be introduced to the vocabulary, and the science of astronomy, and the intersections of astronomy with architecture (see Forms Follows Function), religion, culture, and mathematics. In the math classes, they will be charged with measuring the universe.