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Cool Websites

They are in arbitrary order and can also be found more thematically organised in our READ Database.
(We welcome any suggestions for additional sites and reports of broken links).

Caltech Outreach
This site gives a large number of categorised Educational Astronomy links and is an outreach activity by the Caltech Infrared Processing And Analysis Center. Go here

Cool Cosmos
All you wanted to know about Infra Red Astronomy (and Multi-Wavelength astronomy in general) with sections “Cosmic Kids”, “Cosmic Classroom” and much more on this site run by the Caltech Infrared Processing And Analysis Center. Go here

Classroom Space
aims to revitalise science education (UK based) using Space Science and Astronomy to teach aspects of mainstream science. This is a teaching resource where you can search for space-related activities under module headings, or look under the appropriate Key Stage. These  resources are all linked to the Science National Curriculum, with some also incorporating the Mathematics, ICT and Geography curricula. In each activity you will find teacher guides, answer sheets and overheads; student worksheets, and real space data - either in hard copy or electronic format. Go here

SKA for educators
Window to the Universe is a new teaching resource designed for students in Years 9–10 across Australia. Comprising 21 lessons arranged in three sections, it first introduces students to the Basic Science of the Electromagnetic Spectrum, then tackles the key concepts and components in the Universe with Science in the Sky and lastly covers astronomical techniques and technology with Astronomy Technology. Engaging the World provides numerous examples of how the Square Kilometre Array and other science and technology is communicated in Australia and New Zealand. Go here

Universe at Your Fingertips
2.0 (on DVD-ROM) is a collection of activities and resources for teaching Astronomy published by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. “It is the most comprehensive resource and activity guide for teaching basic concepts in space science ever published” and can be ordered here.

ClassAction modules
consist of questions and resources designed to encourage student engagement in the classroom. More details can be found on the overview, how to use and pedagogy pages. The PowerPoint page gives some guidance on importing ClassAction resources into PowerPoint. The modules listed roughly follow the outline of most introductory astronomy textbooks. ClassAction is still being actively developed, so some topics are covered more thoroughly than others. Go here

The Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project
provides online laboratories targeting the undergraduate introductory astronomy audience. Each lab consists of background materials and one or more simulators that students use as they work through a student guide. Pre-tests and post-tests can be used to gauge student learning. Go here

Educational Resources for Astronomy 101
This is a collection of digital resources by, for college-level introductory astronomy faculty and students. Astronomy Center is brought to you by the American Astronomical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the NSF-NSDL. Go here

is an educational website committed to improve the quality of homeschooling, teaching and student excellence, helping educators and self-learners alike anywhere in the world. Designed to work as a free home-school and organized according to traditional curriculum standards, CosmoLearning provides video lectures, courses, documentaries, books, quizzes, lecture notes and much more. This resource links to the Astronomy section. Go here

Planetary Size and Distance Comparison
What is the diameter and relative distance from the sun of each planet in our solar system?  This is one activity of many on this National Geographic site. For other activities search for “astronomy” or “space science”. Go here

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures
are available here as Audio Recordings and are non-technical talks by noted astronomers held at Foothill College. The series is moderated by Foothill’s astronomy instructor Andrew Fraknoi and sponsored by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the SETI Institute, NASA’s Ames Research Center, and the Foothill College Astronomy Program. Go here

Amazing Space
uses the Hubble Space Telescope's discoveries to inspire and educate about the wonders of our universe. This resource links to the section for Educators and Developers that contains the paragraphs “Teaching tools”, “Astronomy basics” and “Education and Public Outreach resources”. Go here

BBC Science
The “Space” section of the BBC Science website links to a large number of educational resources under the headings “Explore the Solar system” and “Explore the Universe”, and more. Go here

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
The goal of the Education Committee of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada is to help parents, teachers, students and the general public learn more about astronomy. Check out the categories “Teacher Resources” and “Student resources”. Go here

Astronomy Education Review
is a web-based journal for everyone who works in astronomy and space science education. Published by the American Astronomical Society, the journal welcomes research papers, short articles on innovative work, and comparative reviews of resources related to education and outreach. All papers and articles are refereed. Go here

University of Leicester
The Education and Outreach programme operated by the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Leicester University provides support for teachers, students and the wider community. Our goal is to help everyone engage with science and to encourage more young people to take an interest in science and include it in their further studies. Go here

ESA Education kit
This ESA Education kit contains information and resources on the International Space Station (ISS). The ISS Education Programme is an ESA initiative, which is already supported by several organisations and exceptional individuals who want to make a difference in the world of education and who have joined the ISS Education Fund. Go here

Project CLEA
Contemporary Laboratory Experiences In Astronomy (CLEA) develops laboratory exercises that illustrate modern astronomical techniques using digital data and colour images. They are suitable for high- school and college classes at all levels, but come with defaults sets for use in introductory astronomy classes for non-science majors. Each CLEA laboratory exercise includes a dedicated computer program, a student manual, and a technical guide for the instructor. Go here

The Seeing-Science Space section of the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) contains a variety of lessons for both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 (UK). Key Stage 3 is a sequence of nine lessons based on the QCA programme of study and the Key Stage 4 lesson focuses on the forces, energy and methods of propulsion of space rockets. Go here

How to use a planisphere
A planisphere is a portable, handy star chart that can be set to show the location of objects in the sky for any given date and time. Learn how to work with a planisphere here

ABC Science
ABC Science gives many links to the latest science news. The "Explore Space and Astronomy" section is of interest for Astronomy and Space Science. Go here

Earth Learning Idea
contains an Innovative Earth-related collection of teaching ideas with free downloads of resources. Go here

NASA Interactive Features
Interactive modules to explore about missions and systems. Go here

HUBBLESITE Explore Astronomy
The universe holds many mysteries. Explore some of the marvels that lie within our cosmic neighborhood and beyond. Go here

Interactive Universe
Take a journey through the universe and explore planets, nebulas, black holes, comets and more. Go here

Science in School
Highlighting the best in science teaching and research – Astronomy. Go here