Curricula and Lesson Plans

  • Astronomy v Astrology

    This activity overviews the differences between how Observational Astronomy and Astrology portray the constellations of the Zodiac, timing of the Sun entering and leaving each zodiacal constellation, and more. ages 12+ & public audiences

  • Cosmic Castaways

    Students will understand the structure of galaxies and the nature of galaxy collisions by watching a planetarium show, building their own galaxy, and engaging with an interactive simulation of how galaxies collide and merge gravitationally. ages 14+

  • Digging into Comets

    The solar system is littered with Ice. The bulk of this material orbits quietly in the outer Solar System, but sometimes something disturbs the ice and it comes plunging in toward the Sun. In this lesson, we will discuss comets, how we explore them, and how they brought water to worlds like Earth. ages 12+

  • EarthMatch card game

    Card Game Instructions Contents: 40 Cards   Instructions Helpful to have: Pen, paper (for notes)   six sided die (for a variation on the game, roll the dice and turn over the number of cards that the dice says, rather than just two cards) Object: Match each card to the card taken from the same […]

  • InVESTAgate

    Explore asteroids, comets, meteoroids and other small bodies in the Solar System with InVESTAgate. Get hands-on with meteorite impacts, mining asteroids, and more! This unit features the citizen science project Asteroid Mappers: Vesta Edition. ages 11+

  • TerraLuna

    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 continue to evolve. Features MoonMappers, and real lunar exploration. ages 11+