Resources for Educators

As we develop and evaluate each of our education products, we engage scientists, K-12 teachers, and experts in constructivist learning theory. This helps to ensure scientific accuracy, pedagogical soundness, and practicality of use in the classroom.

Kinesthetic Astronomy

(including SkyTime and Kinesthetic Mars) Experiential lessons in basic astronomy for grades 6 & up.

A Family Guide to Mars

(at www.marsquestonline.org)
This guide is an innovative collection of puzzles, pictures, poetry, and projects, all designed to stimulate enjoyable co-learning experiences between kids aged 6-12 and the caring adults in their lives.

A Family Guide to the Sun

(at www.spaceweathercenter.org)
This guide is an innovative collection of puzzles, pictures, poetry and projects all designed to stimulate enjoyable co-learning experiences between kids aged 6-13 and the caring adults in their lives.

SolarScapes

(at www.spaceweathercenter.org)
Solarscapes presents middle school students with a short, focused study of the physical nature of the Sun.

Saturn Educator Guide

This Guide enables NASA's extraordinary mission to Saturn (Cassini-Huygens) to become a real-world motivational context for learning fundamental, standards-based concepts in science. The Guide includes six constructivist lessons for grades 5-8, an extensive FAQ, and a variety of connections to art, literature, and mythology.

Two Astronomy Games

[ english version (ppt) 334kb ]   [ french version (ppt) 355kb ]
These interactive astronomy games, "Small and Large" and “Near and Far" help to introduce important basic concepts about size scales of the Universe. The games serve as motivators for further discussion and learning. Developed for use with large groups, a few students or with just one other person. In PowerPoint Format.