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...
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 went to use the copier at our STEM Resource Center and saw a handout that looked suspiciously like it had to do with cupcake geology. [...]
This week, we’re holding the weeklong InVestaGate workshop in Southern Illinois. Twenty teachers are going through the 13-day unit with us, learning about an exploring the formation of the Solar System, asteroids, comets, meteorites, and the end of the world (well, maybe). And I have to say, teachers are my favorite learners. Most of our workshop activities are inquiry-based, meaning that students (or the teachers, in this case) learn the science along the way. However, since we’re fitting two weeks [...]
There are several great space opportunities for students available now! Check these out, courtesy of NASA Planetary Science Education and Outreach: Get your experiments on the International Space Station – You might not be able to go to space yourself, but you can still do science in low Earth orbit. Students in grades 5 through 14 can become part of a nine-week experiment design competition this fall. Interested schools and school district have until June 15th to inquire for more [...]
I loved story time. My mom read books to me from the time I was very small, and I began reading along with her at quite an early age. One time, I was “punished” being sent to my room to contemplate what I’d done. My mom came in and found me reading books. She sighed and shook her head. Clearly, I didn’t understand the point of “punishment.” For some kids, being sent to their room to read would be a [...]
Can you fit the entire Universe into a box? Well, maybe not, but you can teach about the Universe from just a box, the “Universe in a Box” from UNAWE (short for Universe Awareness). UNAWE is a collaboration to introduce young children to the wonders of astronomy, especially, children who come from underprivileged backgrounds. I particularly enjoy their Space Scoop: short articles written about current astronomical discoveries using language that kids can easily understand. In fact, Space Scoop is [...]
The Hangoutathon got our creativity flowing, especially with Tiny Intern around to make us super pretty space stuff, like duct tape wallets out of, well, starry duct tape. I greatly admire the crafty people around me. Though I can knit a bit, I’m not quite the make-from-scratch type. However, I do follow directions rather well. So, we have been putting together a Pinterest board of some spacey, astronomical, generally science-y fun things for the home or office that can be [...]