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View Resource ExInEd: Explorations in Education: Special Studies Office

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. Explorations in Education provides electronic picture books featuring captioned images from HST. The picture books are available to be read in Mac, Windows, or screenshot versions. This site features a stand-alone...

http://www.stsci.edu/exined/
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 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/
View Resource California Institute of Technology: Cool Cosmos

This great educational site from Cal Tech offers all sorts of great resources to assist in learning about the universe. Using the fun gear-like menu on the left of the screen, visitors can pick from site areas such as the Cosmic Classroom (which offers classroom activities, lessons, reference info., and an Ask an Astronomer option), Cosmic Kids (where kids can learn about what's in space through...

http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu
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