Training Unit Overview
States of Matter, Human Health, Systems and Scientific Inquiry
The Astro-Venture Astronomy Lessons have been developed by the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the
purpose of increasing students’ awareness of and interest
in astrobiology and the many career opportunities that utilize
science, math and technology skills. The lessons are designed
for educators to use with students in grades 5-8 in conjunction
with the Astro-Venture multimedia modules on the Astro-VentureWeb
In the Astronomy section, students begin as Junior Astronomers
where they identify human needs for survival and complete the
online Astronomy Training module to discover the astronomical
conditions of our solar system that make Earth habitable to humans.
When they have successfully completed their training, they earn
their badge and are promoted to Senior Astronomer. They then
engage in off-line Astronomy lessons to discover why we need
the astronomical conditions identified in Astronomy Training.
Finally, they proceed to their online Astronomy Mission where
they work with NASA scientists to find a star system and planet
with the astronomy features that will support human life. Before
embarking on further research in other areas, they must summarize
their research findings and convince the World Science Foundation
(a fictional group made up of their peers) that the planet they
have found is worthy of further exploration.