CoP - Using Astronomy as an aid to teaching STEM

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CoP - Using Astronomy as an aid to teaching STEM CoP - Using Astronomy as an aid to teaching STEM The idea for this CoP, simply called “Using Astronomy as an aid to teaching STEM”, came from many interactions with schools and their teachers and culminating in the inGenious astronomy chat that involved 35 schools from across Europe in December 2012. Astronomy is a great way to “package” ideas, and understanding the universe naturally requires teachers and students to ask questions that involve all the STEM subjects, and even some non-STEM subjects. This CoP will encourage teachers to look at new ways to present some old ideas, using the fast-changing face of astronomy to provide the context. Astronomy is found to be naturally fascinating by many students. There is so much that we do not know or understand about our Universe that astronomy can act as the perfect laboratory in which questions can be asked and the scientific method can be applied.
Picture Album: Solar System
What's New? Upcoming Free Lectures Join a public celebration on a decade of exploration by the Mars Exploration Rovers at Caltech's Beckman Auditorium on Jan. 16 and Pasadena City College on Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. (Pacific) both days.

Mars Exploration Program

Mars Exploration Program

Curiosity Cam, Ustream.TV: Follow the Curiosity rover on Twitter (@MarsCuriosity) and Facebook. FAQsGet answers to some of the most common questions about

Curiosity Cam, Ustream.TV: Follow the Curiosity rover on Twitter (@MarsCuriosity) and Facebook. FAQsGet answers to some of the most common questions about UPCOMING EVENT NASA Tech Benefits Earth 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET, 0200 UTC), Thursday, April 10, 2014 NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is known for missions that greatly impact our understanding of the solar system and the universe. But the ground breaking research and development done at JPL has also had many impacts on everyday life on earth.
Outreach Resources Outreach Resources The material and links on this page have been collated for the benefit of the Planck project, their industrial collaborators, the principal investigators and their teams. Members of the media who require special material should contact the Science Communication Officers: markus.bauer, or The Science and Technology web site hosts a large archive of images which have been provided by, or on behalf of, the Planck project and collaborators.
NASA Astrobiology: Life in the Universe {*style:<ol>*} {*style:<li>*} {*style:<h3>*}{*style:<a href=''>*}Ahoy! First Ocean Vesicles Spotted{*style:</a>*}{*style:</h3>*} {*style:<br>*} {*style:<br>*}{*img:452:301:*} Scientists iat MIT documented the first extracellular vesicles produced by ocean microbes. The arrow in the photo above points to one of these spherical vesicles in this scanning electron micrograph showing Prochlorococcus cyanobacteria. Image Credit: Steven Biller/Chisholm Lab {*style:<br>*}Marine cyanobacteria — tiny ocean plants that produce oxygen and make organic carbon using sunlight and CO2 — are primary engines of Earth’s biogeochemical and nutrient cycles. They nourish other organisms through the provision of oxygen and with their own body mass, which forms the base of the ocean food chain. NASA Astrobiology: Life in the Universe
The Astrobiology Web | Your Online Guide to the Living Universe
Kepler: Educator Web Links Educator Web Links Oct 2011: Agent Exoplanet—Astronomers at Las Cumbres Observatory are investigating exoplanets and you can too. Through Agent Exoplanet you use images taken by Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT), measure the brightness of a star while a planet moves between it and our viewpoint (exoplanet transit event), and contribute to understanding the properties of each exoplanet. Things to put on your computer to stay up-to-date on exoplanet discoveries: Kepler: Educator Web Links
Kepler: Interactives
Kepler: Activation Lab Simulations
Unveil an extrasolar planet by observing the light intensity emitted by its mother star An extrasolar planet, or exoplanet, is a planet outside the Solar System. Until March 2012, astronomers have made detections of 762 exoplanets (see for a complete and detailed catalog). The vast majority of them has been observed through radial velocity and transit observations but other indirect methods also exist : astrometry, microlensing and timing among them. At present, direct imaging is still difficult, even if lots of progress is being made. Discover an exoplanet : the transit method Discover an exoplanet : the transit method
SETI@home SETI@home Server Relocation We are moving most of our servers to a colocation facility with better cooling, power, and network, which should improve uptime in general. This procedure will start on Monday, April 1st at 08:00 (PDT) and should take 3 days to complete, during which our entire project will be unavailable. 20 Mar 2013, 21:56:25 UTC · Comment Successful Lab Repairs The entire lab was shut down this past weekend for electrical repairs.
Welcome | Faulkes Telescope Project
No. 41 - 2011: You Can Participate in Astronomy Research Projects You Can Participate in Astronomy Research Projects Finding Exoplanets: The graph in this illustration shows how the light we see from a star decreases slightly when one of its planets crosses the star’s disk. Planet hunters sometimes use this transit technique to find exoplanets. Art by Karen Teramura. You don't have to be a professional astronomer, or even own a telescope, to participate in a myriad of astronomy research projects. These days, a computer and an Internet connection are all you need. No. 41 - 2011: You Can Participate in Astronomy Research Projects
Galaxy Zoo

Galaxy Zoo

Few have witnessed what you're about to see Experience a privileged glimpse of the distant universe as observed by the SDSS, the Hubble Space Telescope, and UKIRT Roughly one hundred billion galaxies are scattered throughout our observable Universe, each a glorious system that might contain billions of stars. Many are remarkably beautiful, and the aim of Galaxy Zoo is to study them, assisting astronomers in attempting to understand how the galaxies we see around us formed, and what their stories can tell us about the past, present and future of our Universe as a whole. more
We find new planets by looking at how the brightness of a star changes over time As the planet passes in front of the star we see a dip in the light from it. Depending on how far the planet is from the star, you may see one or many dips in the lightcurve

Planet Hunters

11 Com b - Visual Exoplanet Catalogue The planetary system 11 Com hosts at least one planet. Image Click on the image to get a higher resolution image. Architecture of the system
A Newly Confirmed Planet and 42 Additional Planet Candidates « Planet Hunters
Life beyond Earth
EarthKAM | Home
Global Hands-On Universe: Software
Sun for All Project
Gravity and Orbits - Gravitational Force, Gravity, Force
Solar system (in bulgarian language)
Planet Impact: Home
CIT Cosmos: The CIT Blackrock Castle Virtual Observatory for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad on the iTunes App Store
Sky Map
Pocket Universe: Virtual Sky Astronomy for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad on the iTunes App Store
Video caricati
The Beauty of Science (Richard Feynman)
Carl Sagan's COSMOS
Great Minds: Carl Sagan - Pale Blue Dot [new HD version]
cosmic voyage to elsewhere : The scale of the Universe
O Big Bang de João Magueijo (Discovery-2008) [HD]
Sky at Night Magazine | Astronomy’s biggest name
Physics on Stage - 6-10 November 2000 - CERN
Outreach Resources
WMAP- Expansion of the Universe
About | Antimatter
Sunrise Project 2012 Results
Sunrise Project 2011 Results
Odysseus Contest | How it Works
Welcome to the Cassiopeia Project
Cosmos: Carl Sagan: 9780345331359:
Universe (9780716785842): Roger Freedman, William J. Kaufmann
Demon Haunted World Science As a Candle: Carl Sagan:
Mars, a Cosmic Stepping Stone: Uncovering Humanity's Cosmic Context: Kevin Nolan: Libri in altre lingue