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View Resource Auroras: Self Guided Lesson

Taking two to four days to reach the earth, the sun's solar winds and magnetic particles strike the magnetosphere like a shockwave, causing the hauntingly beautiful aurora borealis lights. Another great site from exploratorium.edu, Auroras: Paintings in the Sky showcases these northern lights, offering the lay person a good introduction to this mysterious phenomenon. The site has six sections:...

http://www.exploratorium.edu/learning_studio/auroras/selfgui...
View Resource The Space Place: Let's Go to Mars

NASA's Spaceplace Web site (last mentioned in the August 14, 1998 Scout Report) has several new activities including the Let's Go to Mars interactive game. Kids learn what astronauts would need to take on the nine month mission to the red planet by choosing various items and reading why each may be good or bad in space. After loading all of your items, the spacecraft launches and then gives a...

https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/mars_rocket.htm
View Resource Ology

This Web site from the American Museum of Natural History is a site for kids that focuses on three different Ologies -- genetics, astronomy, and paleontology. The site is full of interesting science facts, games, and activities. It offers a lot for kids to learn, and the format is appealing and interactive. Adult and kid scientists share their interests in these topics in the Meet the Ologists...

https://www.amnh.org/explore/ology/
View Resource Lesson Plans and Activities for Teachers and Parents

StarDate.org is the public education and outreach department of the University of Texas McDonald Observatory, which offers astronomy resources for teaches on their Classroom Activities site. The various projects are categorized by age and grade level including k-4, 5-8, and 9-12. Each provides a teachers guide, materials needed, a description of the process, any needed links (such as the StarDate...

https://stardate.org/teachers
View Resource Amazing Space

This Space Telescope Science Institute (Hubble Space Telescope) resource is a powerful educational tool that offers stunning content. The site is browser and graphic intensive. Amazing Space contains K-12 educational activities about the planets, stars, universe, and the history of telescopes; it proves to be less graphic intensive.

http://amazingspace.org/
View Resource Auroras: Paintings in the Sky

Mish Denlinger of San Francisco's Exploratorium created Auroras: Paintings in the Sky, a Web exhibit devoted to this beautiful celestial phenomenon. Visitors are introduced to how auroras are created, what they look from Earth and space, and where they can be found. Spectacular images of auroras accompany the text. A Self-Guided Tour allows browsing at the user's pace and a Teacher's Page features...

http://www.exploratorium.edu/learning_studio/auroras/
View Resource Project Astro Utah

This website features the Utah division of Project Astro, a national program establishing partnerships between fourth through ninth grade teachers and students with professional and amateur astronomers. After learning how the group is enhancing astronomical education, visitors can discover the fun activities created by the participants of Project ASTRO-Utah such as making models of the Earth and...

http://www.clarkfoundation.org/astro-utah/
View Resource Project Astro Utah

This website features the Utah division of Project Astro, a national program establishing partnerships between fourth through ninth grade teachers and students with professional and amateur astronomers. After learning how the group is enhancing astronomical education, visitors can discover the fun activities created by the participants of Project ASTRO-Utah such as making models of the Earth and...

http://www.clarkfoundation.org/astro-utah/
View Resource Illinois State University Planetarium

At this website, visitors can discover the Illinois State University (ISU) Planetarium, which was created to provide a popular form of enriching entertainment, facilitate university-community relation, and recruit potential students. For astronomers, the website features a useful celestial events calendar updated at the end of each month. Educators can learn about the many programs ISU Planetarium...

http://www2.phy.ilstu.edu/~trw/planet.html
View Resource Challenger Center

"Challenger Center uses students' natural enthusiasm for space to create innovative learning experiences for imaginative young minds." After learning about the Challenger 51-L crew, users can find information about visits to the Challenger Learning Center Networks' forty six sites located across the Unites States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Within the Teacher and Community Resources link,...

https://www.challenger.org/
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