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.


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