CfA Resources for Educators and Students
Welcome to CfA's resource page for educators and students. A wide
variety of materials reflecting current scientific knowledge and
innovative educational tools are available, which offer learning
experiences for students, educators, and the public.
- Science Education Department
The CfA's Science Education Department (SED) conducts research to advance the
public's understanding of astronomy and the physical sciences and
develops curricula and materials reflecting current scientific and
educational philosophy. SED's researchers, scientists, teachers, media
specialists, and graduate students work together to identify and address
the needs of science teachers and students and to create a wide variety
of ongoing programs for them.
- Chandra X-ray Center (CXC): Public Information & Education
The CXC provides a variety of
web-based and printable materials, which include among them classroom
activities, demonstrations and quizzes; interactive games; podcasts; and
"Ask an Astrophysicist," as well as Chandra "trading cards;" Chandra
"handouts" and lithographs; and the Chandra coloring and activity book.
- MicroObservatory Online Telescopes
This global network of computer-controlled telescopes allows students
and teachers nationwide to investigate the deep sky from the classroom.
Designed and built by a CfA team and sponsored by the National Science
Foundation, in-kind contributions from Eastman Kodak Company and Apple
Computer are combined to offer a unique opportunity to a "virtual
community" of users.
- WorldWide Telescope Ambassadors
The WorldWide Telescope computer program (WWT) from Microsoft Research is a stunningly beautiful and freely available tool offering immersive views of the sky and multimedia links to interactive descriptions and explanations of millions of celestial objects. WorldWide Telescope Ambassadors (WWTA) use WWT to educate the public about Astronomy and Science. WWTA is run by a team of astronomers and educators at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, in collaboration with the WWT team at Microsoft Research.
- Everyday Classroom Tools
The Everyday Classroom Tools Project, designed for children in
kindergarten through sixth grade, provides opportunities for
students―armed with curiosity―to learn. Sponsored by NASA's Learning
Technologies Project, this curriculum invites young students to develop
inquiry and their experience to explore their world.
- Universe Forum
Located at CfA, the Universe Forum, brings both formal and informal
educational projects, programs, and partnerships to students, teachers
and the public. Part of the greater NASA Education and Public Outreach
community, the Universe Forum seeks to enhance understanding of science
via investigation of the common principles underlying all science.
- From the Ground Up
This multidisciplinary approach uses hands-on techniques and the global
network of MicroObservatory telescopes, designed and built by CfA
scientists and educators, to encourage student exploration of key
concepts in the physical sciences. Sponsored by the National Science
Foundation, the curriculum includes light and color; size and scale; the
laws of motion; and the nature of scientific investigation.