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Hands-on Science

(We welcome suggestions for additional opportunities).

SLOOH online observatory
SLOOH shares a view through a powerful telescope trained on the light of a distant world, to inspire people to celebrate their commonality and rethink the schema of life. Prepare to be humbled. SLOOH is powered by its members—men, women and children in 80 countries who have taken 1.3 million photos of 35,000 unique objects and events in the night sky since its launch on Christmas Day, 2003. SLOOH has shared the view as Mercury and Venus transited the Sun; during Solar and Lunar Eclipses, as an asteroid slammed into Jupiter and NASA crashed a space ship into the Moon. They are pleased to announce a joint initiative with Google Sky to Map the Universe and co-promote live astronomy. All SLOOH member photos will now be integrated into Google Earth/Sky for the world to see, and SLOOH’s live missions will be featured as well. SLOOH also shares the view with schools throughout the world and your membership supports this educational outreach. Go here

Zooniverse; Real science online
The Zooniverse and the suite of projects it contains is produced, maintained and developed by the Citizen Science Alliance. The member institutions of the CSA work with many academic and other partners around the world to produce projects that use the efforts and ability of volunteers to help scientists and researchers deal with the flood of data that confronts them. An ideal opportunity for groups of students to participate in real science.

While the primary motivation for putting a project in the Zooniverse is to collect data on a well-defined research question, the very fact that hundreds of thousands of people world-wide view the projects, generates an amazing potential for education. The projects within the Zooniverse provide an excellent resource for inquiry-based learning within the classroom or for home-school groups. Go here

Science Learning
The Science Learning Hub is a place to find out more about New Zealand science. Watch scientists in action with one of the short video clips, find out what questions are being asked, and explore some of the key ideas. There are loads of free, quality assured teaching resources to support school science learning. Each of the contexts explores a major theme or idea and provides a gateway to related content and explorations. Contexts are supported by a range of collections including multimedia files, classroom resources based on the requirements of the New Zealand science curriculum. This is general science with some interesting contexts on astronomy and space science. Go here

Science for Kids
New Zealand based Science Kids is the home of science & technology on the Internet for children (Primary level) around the world. Learn more about the amazing world of science by enjoying their fun science experiments, cool facts, online games, free activities, ideas, lesson plans, photos, quizzes, videos & science fair projects. Go here

Galileo Teacher Training Program
The Resources section contains hands-on activities for use in the classroom. Go here

Eyes on the Solar System
This NASA/JPL site is a 3D virtual environment full of real NASA mission data. Go here

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

NASA Video collection
Access to a large multi-media gallery on NASA projects and missions. Go here