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Teaching Tips

Ideas for integrating NASA Quest into your curriculum.

Learning Resources

Edu.Space: the Office of Public Outreach's Education Group is dedicated to providing K-12 astronomy and space science support. A variety of services, products, and resources are available.

Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Astronomy Telescope Project (GAVRT): Through a partnership involving JPL, NASA's Deep Space Network and the Lewis Center for Educational Research in Apple Valley, the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope (GAVRT) project brings hands-on scientific discovery to America's classrooms. The GAVRT project provides curriculum and specialized training for middle and high school teachers that enables students to remotely control the 34m (110-foot) GAVRT radio telescope from their classroom as they perform radio astronomy experiments, analyze the data, and report their results to the project.

NASA Education Program Site: A comprehensive collection of educational activities and programs available to teachers abd students offered through NASA.

Search for Origins and Planetary Systems: Our curiosity about the relationship between life and the universe drives us on this ambitious quest. How did the galaxies form? What is the key to the formation of stars? When do stars form planetary systems? Do other planets like Earth exist? How did life begin on Earth? What diverse forms of life should we search for? These questions form the basis for the measurements to be made by the Origins Program. This site offers resources for educators and the public, along with answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Astro Files: This collection of astronomy background information is presented by the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). A few of the subjects you will find are galaxy formation, black holes, dark matter, and quasars.

What are Pulsars?: This tutorial from the Space Sciences Laboratory at Marshall Space Flight Center describes these exotic celestial objects.

Exploring the Mystery of Gamma-Ray Bursts: Although gamma-ray bursts are a phenomenon that have been studied for over 25 years, the debate regarding their nature is far from being solved. This web site explores what is known and the current debate.

Asteroids, Comets and NASA Research Fact Sheet: This fact sheet is about comets and asteroids and summarizes what they are, what NASA is doing to study them, and how much of a threat they really are.

Hubble Images by Subject: Here you will find a collection of Hubble Space Telescope images and detailed descriptions arranged by subject. A few of the subjects you will find are stars, nebulae, quasars, galaxies, novae, supernovae, planets, and most recent public images.

Constellations: Constellations are formed of bright stars which appear close to each other in the sky, but are not necessarily close to each other in space. On this page from the Windows on the Universe project you can learn about the history of constellations. This is a good source for myths about the constellations.

Black Holes: Black holes are extremely compact space objects that were once massive stars which collapsed inward due to the force of their own gravity. Take a journey into a black hole through a quick time movie or research Einstein's Theory of Relativity using this list of exciting resources.

Fun and Games: learning activities for K-12 students, with astronomy and Hubble Space Telescope focus.


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