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Cosmic Castaways

Summary: This activity is designed to allow students to understand the structure of galaxies and nature of galaxy collisions. They will: watch a planetarium show, build their own galaxy, and engage with an interactive simulation illustrating how galaxies collide and merge gravitationally. Downloads (Updated 7 April 2014): [Word 21 MB], [PDF 21.4 MB] Grade Level: appropriate for […]

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Astronomy vs Astrology

Note: The attached handout is written for astronomers (professional and amateur) to use when teaching in a classroom. Teachers may find that it contains a lot of excess information. An abbreviated version will be released in the future. Summary: An activity designed to demonstrate that astrology doesn’t accurately represent the Sun’s motion through the constellations. […]

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Welcome to InVestaGate, the classroom unit about asteroids, comets, meteoroids and other small bodies in the Solar System, as well as meteorite impacts, mining asteroids, and more! This unit features the citizen science project Asteroid Mappers: Vesta Edition so that you can bring real NASA science into your classroom. This unit is also aligned with […]

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Making craters, modeling the lunar highlands, recreating the early molten surface of the Moon–all this and more in TerraLuna, the first set of classroom lessons from CosmoQuest! TerraLuna is a 15-day unit of inquiry-based lessons that lets your students explore the surface features of the Moon and the Earth, investigating how these two worlds formed and […]

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“Once Upon a Time” with Rosetta

Although the Philae lander has gone to sleep, the Rosetta spacecraft continues its mission studying Comet 67p/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. You can share its story in an adorable format with your students or kids with “Once Upon a Time” by the European Space Agency. It stars the satellite, Rosetta, as an adorable character, along with Philae. You can […]

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Contest for European Teachers

Want to go to Greece this summer to learn more about various teaching portals on the web? If you’re a primary or secondary teacher in Europe, you can win a trip to the Open Discovery Space summer school in Greece in 2015! Our partners at the Galileo Teacher Training Program are making it possible for […]

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Praising Kids A No-No?

There’s a running joke, or maybe it’s a complaint, about how “kids these days” get too many awards and too much praise. Maybe that’s not so far from the truth? At least that’s the conclusion of child psychologists these days (pdf). Or, at least, simple praise applied in all situations isn’t productive. This might be related […]

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Educator Policy Fellowship

We are all affected in some way by decisions made at the highest levels. This is true in many areas, and it is especially true in education. That’s why several federal agencies sponsor the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program, where K-12 educators in the United States can spend a year working on education policy decisions.  […]

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Pilot Teachers Wanted in EU

Our friends at Nuclio are looking for pilot teachers in Europe for several projects that are underway. The first one, Open Discovery Space, is a social, interactive, and multilingual workspace for teachers looking to implement eLearning products into their classrooms. They are modernizing the way educational content is produced, accessed and used. Next is Inspiring Science Education, provides […]

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Citizen Science for Educators

Many educators are looking for ways to bring “authentic science” into their classroom over a range of disciplines. We’re happy to provide a way for students to do planetary science on the Moon, Vesta, and Mercury, but even we know that the sky is not the limit. There are lots of citizen science opportunities right […]

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Humans in #SpaceArt

What could be more inspiring for a STEAM* project than HUMANS. IN. SPAAAAACE?! Okay, I exaggerate a bit. But it’s something that excited me as a child and still does as an adult. Had I any artistic inclinations as a youth, I certainly would have put in an entry to the Humans in Space Art Challenge […]

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Go-Lab Video Contest

Go-Lab, or “Global Online Science Labs,” is a project aimed at getting great, inquiry-based science lessons and activities to teachers. The online labs and teacher support network helps educators to bring the experience of science to their learners in all kinds of educational settings. A collaboration of several organizations in the European Union, this resource […]

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Astronomy Outreach Around the World

The International Astronomical Union’s Office of Astronomy Development promotes the use of astronomy as an educational and outreach tool to communities around the world. We’ve talked to many people who use astronomy to inspire around the world on Learning Space, from Telescopes to Tanzania to PocketQubes in space and Global Astronomy Month to The World […]

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Worksheet for Cupcake Geology

Remember when we did a Learning Space episode on “cupcake geology”? We used layers cakes in foil-wrapped cupcakes to explore how core samples tell us about the layers of Earth (or any other planetary surface) with a bit of digging. See the video of the episode and Jess Krim’s post on the activity. Yesterday I […]

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