CoP - Using Astronomy as an aid to teaching STEM

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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.

CoP - Using Astronomy as an aid to teaching STEM

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. Exploring Mars. Picture Album: Solar System. Explore the planet Mars with realistic Mars habitats, rockets, ground cars and robots.

Mars Science Laboratory. 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. UPCOMING EVENT NASA Tech Benefits Earth 7 p.m.

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

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. ESA. 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.

Outreach Resources

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. Mars Express / Space Science / Our Activities / ESA. Education / ESA. Extrasolar planets. NASA Astrobiology: Life in the Universe. The Origin and Evolution of Life in the Universe. Your Online Guide to the Living Universe. Resources. Kepler: Educator Web Links. Educator Web Links Oct 2011: Agent Exoplanet—Astronomers at Las Cumbres Observatory are investigating exoplanets and you can too.

Kepler: Educator Web Links

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: Interactives. Kepler: Activation Lab Simulations. Discover an exoplanet : the transit method. 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.

Discover an exoplanet : the transit method

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. SETI@home. 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.

No. 41 - 2011: You Can Participate in Astronomy Research Projects

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. Galaxy Zoo. Planet Hunters. 11 Com b - Visual Exoplanet Catalogue. The planetary system 11 Com hosts at least one planet.

11 Com b - Visual Exoplanet Catalogue

Image Click on the image to get a higher resolution image. Architecture of the system. Enciclopedia dei Pianeti Extrasolari. A Newly Confirmed Planet and 42 Additional Planet Candidates « Planet Hunters. Artistic rendition of a sunset viewfrom the perspective of an imagined Earth-like moon orbiting the giant planet, PH2 b.

A Newly Confirmed Planet and 42 Additional Planet Candidates « Planet Hunters

Image Credit: H. Giguere, M. Life beyond Earth. In northern California, these satellite dishes listen for a message from aliens.

Life beyond Earth

They’re part of the Allen Telescope Array. Seth Shostak Life, are you in there? Technology in Astronomy. Resources. Heavens-Above Home Page. EarthKAM. Stellarium. Global Hands-On Universe: Software. SalsaJ is free, student-friendly software developed specifically for the EU-HOU project.

Global Hands-On Universe: Software

SalsaJ is designed to be easy to install and use. It allows students to display, analyse, and explore real astronomical images and other data in the same way that professional astronomers do, making the same kind of discoveries that lead to true excitement about science. A number of exercises have developed complete with data to download and detailed instructions for use. Sun for All Project. Download poster The project “Sun for all”, funded by Ciência Viva (2005 117/ 18) aims to promote science in general and astronomy in particular, among students. The project rests on the asset of over 30000 Sun images (spectroheliograms) that are kept in the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Coimbra, as a result of a work of over 80 years of daily solar observations that started in 1926. Gravity and Orbits - Gravitational Force, Gravity, Force. Solar system (in bulgarian language) Planet Impact: Home. Apps. CIT Cosmos: The CIT Blackrock Castle Virtual Observatory for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Description The CIT Cosmos app puts a Virtual Observatory in your pocket, with a real-time view of the sky from any location in Ireland. The app also provides information on visiting the CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, and monthly newsletters. Sky Map for Android. What is Sky Map? Google Sky Map turns your Android-powered mobile phone into a window on the night sky. It will identify objects that appear in the sky and allow users to search for them. How can I get Sky Map? The app is available for download at the Google Play. Where is Sky Map be available? Sky Map. The Kindle app puts over a million books at your fingertips. It’s the app for every reader, whether you’re a book reader, magazine reader, or newspaper reader—and you don’t need to own a Kindle to use it. Choose from over a million Kindle books from the Kindle Store or enjoy popular magazines like The Economist and Reader’s Digest with high-resolution color images.

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. Description "The app works beautifully, making astronomy a bit less mysterious—but no less remarkable", MacWorld "It’s truly an impressive marvel. 5 Mice out of 5", MacWorld. "..one of the prettiest and easiest to use. And at three bucks, it’s a steal", Cult of Mac. Apple App Store Staff Favorite. About our Universe. Kinetic City: Videos. Video caricati. Mars:2020:Springtime. The Beauty of Science (Richard Feynman) Carl Sagan's COSMOS. Great Minds: Carl Sagan - Pale Blue Dot [new HD version] The Scale of the Universe 2. Powers of Ten™ (1977) Cosmic voyage to elsewhere : The scale of the Universe.

O Big Bang de João Magueijo (Discovery-2008) Astronomy’s biggest name. Education / ESA. Physics on Stage - 6-10 November 2000 - CERN. ESA. Outreach Resources. Dark Energy, Dark Matter. WMAP- Expansion of the Universe. Antimatter. Mars Exploration Program. Astronomy Projects. Sunrise Project 2012 Results. Sunrise Project 2011 Results. ERATOSTHEN PROJECT. Odysseus Contest. Welcome to the Cassiopeia Project. Books. Cosmos: Carl Sagan: 9780345331359: Amazon.com. Universe (9780716785842): Roger Freedman, William J. Kaufmann. Demon Haunted World Science As a Candle: Carl Sagan: Amazon.com. Mars, a Cosmic Stepping Stone: Uncovering Humanity's Cosmic Context: Amazon.it: Kevin Nolan: Libri in altre lingue.


  1. utullia Feb 2 2013
    :) more than this... You can also have your 'quick links' ready to use in the classroom, if you're a teacher, or to share with friends, while discussing about some related topics!
  2. ozlemkaplan Feb 2 2013
    It is very well designed..Headlines are very attractive..You can learn what you wonder about Astronomy..Also you learn news about Astronomy..