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Universe in the Classroom

Welcome to the Universe in the Classroom! This electronic educational newsletter is for teachers and other educators around the world who want to help students of all ages learn more about the wonders of the universe through astronomy.

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Current Issue: Winter 2015

Pipe Ceremony in the Stars: Connecting Astronomy to the Arts

by Annette S. Lee (St. Cloud State University, Minnesota)

In native culture there is a natural tendency to focus on the inter-relatedness of ideas making learning participatory and making it real. The Pipe Ceremony in the Stars is one example of how people from different cultures and different histories have valuable relationships to the cosmos. It is a human connection that we share with the cosmos. We come from the stars.

In this edition of Universe in the Classroom, learn about how one culture connects to the cosmos through a ceremony taking place both in the stars and here on Earth: “As it is above, it is below”.


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