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Useful Internet Resources

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American Association of Variable Star Observers Education Pages: Education programs and resources relating to variable stars. (

ASP Activity Sampler: Browse this sampler of hands-on activities for formal, informal, afterschool and amateur astronomer educators in this sampler from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and learn where to find more. (

Astronomical Society of the Pacific Education Pages: a wealth of activities and program for teachers and other educators. (

Astronomy of Many Cultures: Resources for exploring non-Western contributions to astronomy. (

Debunking Astronomical Pseudo-science: A Skeptic’s Guide: For addressing astrology, UFO’s, creationist cosmology, etc. (

400 Years of the Telescope: The web site of the PBS-televised program of the same name produced by Ingterstellar Studios; includes educational resources. (

International Dark-Sky Association: Works to educate media, politicians, and the public about light pollution; resources on site. (

IYA International: the IAU web site for the world-wide celebration of the International Year of Astronomy. (

IYA USA: The official web site of the US effort for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy, filled with materials, programs, events and web links for celebrating 400 years of astronomical discovery. (

NASA Education Pages: The portal to NASA’s wide-ranging education programs. (

NASA Resources: This IYA compilation of NASA education web sites provides links to a variety of educational resources, both general and mission-specific. (

NOAO Education: A compilation of programs and resources on the National Optical Astronomy Observatory for a variety of educators. (

Portal to the Universe: A one-stop site to the news of the universe. (

Science Fiction with Good Astronomy: A topical listing and brief review. (

Space Science Education Resources Directory: Jump into a universe of NASA-developed products. (

Where to Find Astronomical Images: From AER; on top page, use “full text options” buttons at upper right to get full text. (

Women in Astronomy Bibliography: General references and specific readings for a few dozen women astronomers. (

For Formal Educators

Amazing Space: The Award-winning Hubble Space Telescope site featuring a wide variety of curriculum support tools for classroom teachers. (

Association for Astronomy Educators: A subgroup at the National Association for Science Teachers. (  A similar group exists in England. (

Astronomy in the K-8 Curriculum: Survey of Requirements State by State; from the AER — use the “full text options” buttons at upper right to get full text. (

comPADRE Digital Library: A network of free online resource collections supporting faculty, students, and teachers in Physics and Astronomy Education. (

Compendia of Astronomy Activities on the Web: Resources for K-12 teachers.

  1. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Hands-on Activities: (
  2. CERES Project (U. of Montana): (
  3. Everyday Classroom Tools (CfA): (
  4. Exploratorium Hands-on Activities: (
  5. Exploring Planets in the Classroom (U. of Hawaii): (
  6. Hands-on Optics Project: (
  7. Hands-on Universe Activities: (
  8. Modeling the Universe activities (CfA): (
  9. Nat’l Optical Astronomy Observatories Activities: (
  10. Paper Plate Education: (
  11. Planetarium Activities for Student Success (Lawrence Hall of Science): (
  12. Practical Uses of Math and Science (NASA): (
  13. Science Education Gateway (U. of California, Berkeley): (
  14. Space Science Institute Activities (including Cheri Morrow’s Kinesthetic Astronomy): (
  15. Space Telescope Science Institute Amazing Space: (
  16. Stardust Mission Comet Activities: (
  17. Sun-Earth Day Activities (U. of California, Berkeley): (

Curriuclum Standards Quilts: A fast track to lesson plans that engage, entertain and adhere to the National Science Education Standards, by grade level and topic, from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. (

Formal Education Sampler: Good Astronomy Activities on the World Wide Web – an assortment of hands-on activities for use in the classroom compiled by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. (

Good Astronomy Activities on the Web: A Topical Index for K-12 classrooms. (

Project ASTRO Resources: A short list of good resources for Project ASTRO partners. (

Seeing in the Dark for Teachers: A list of good activities for teachers on the site for the PBS television film Seeing in the Dark produced by Timothy Ferris. (

Universe in the Classroom: The Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s quarterly electronic education newsletter for classroom teachers; each issue offer a content article on an astronomical topic, handspon activities, and resource and reference lists. (

Voyages Through Time: An integrated science curriculum for ninth or tenth grade based on the theme of evolution and delivered on CD-ROM. (

For Informal Educators

Astronomy from the Ground Up: A training program for smaller science and nature centers. (

AFGU Sampler: A short selection of downloadable activities developed or adapted for use in the Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s “Astronomy from the Ground Up” program to provide professional development in astronomy education for informal educators at museums, science centers and nature centers, (

International Planetarium Society: Professional organization of planetarium educators; site has archives of publications and reports, and links to regional affiliate organizations. (

For Higher Educators

AAS Education: Education services from the American Astronomical Society. (

Assessment in Introductory Astronomy Courses: From the AER; use “full text option” buttons at upper right to get full text. (

The Astronomy Center: A selection of resources and reviews from the ComPADRE Project. (

The Astronomy Diagnostic Test: One widely-used pre and post test for assessing student learning. (

Center for Astronomy Education: JPL’s information and meeting place for Astronomy 101 instructors, run by the University of Arizona’s astronomy education team (

Concept Inventories for Teaching Astronomy: Includes inventories about the moon’s phases, light and spectroscopy, etc. (

Contemporary Laboratory Experiences in Astronomy (CLEA): An NSF-sponsored project to develop hands-on, computer-based astronomy labs for Astro 101. (

COSMOS in the Classroom 2007: learn how to get a copy of the papers and handouts from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s 2007 COSMOS in the Classroom, a hands-on symposium on teaching introductory astronomy. (

Goals for Astronomy 101: Report from a Workshop of Astronomy Department Leaders: From AER; use “full text option” buttons at upper right to get full text. (

Graduate Education in Astronomy: A Report: From the American Astronomical Society. (

IYA/Las Cumbres/CSMA Speakers Program: An astronomy speakers bureau aimed primarily at 4-year colleges, especially ones with large minority enrollments, where astronomy is not now well represented. (

Survey of Introductory Astronomy Textbooks: From the AER; use “full text option” buttons at upper right to get full text. (

Tips for Astronomy Teaching Assistants: From the University of Washington. (

Tips for Astronomy Teaching Assistants: From the University of Virginia — from AER; use “full text options” buttons at upper right to get full text. (

The Weekly Challenge: Introductory Astronomy teaching techniques. (

For Amateur Astronomers Engaged in Public Outreach

IYA Discovery Guides: Download education and outreach materials for every month of 2009, prepared by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific with support from NASA and designed to accompany NASA’s monthly featured objects and themes for the International Year of Astronomy. (

Night Sky Network Resource Directory: Browse a data base of resources for informal education and outreach originally developed by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific for the Night Sky Network of amateur astronomy clubs engaged in public outreach. (

For Families

Family ASTRO Activity: Enjoy this sample activity from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s Family ASTRO series. (

Publications and Articles

Astronomy Education Review: An on-line journal and magazine on astronomy education and education research, at all levels. (

Communicating Astronomy to the Public: A journal on global astronomy education and outreach produced by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). (

Spark: The American Astronomical Society education newsletter. (

Education Research

Resources for Evaluation of Informal Education Projects: Including articles, primers, and web sites): (

A Review of Astronomy Education Research: From AER; use the “full text options” buttons at upper right to get full text. (

Searchable Annotated Bibliography of Astronomy Education Research (SABER): A guide to research articles. (

A Series of Review Papers on Research on Student Learning about Basic Astronomy: From the AER; use the “full text options” buttons at upper right to get full text.

  1. Gravity and Free Fall: (
  2. Trajectories and Orbits: (
  3. Phases of the Moon & Eclipses: (
  4. The Earth’s Shape and Gravity: (