Providing Online Resources to the Educational Community
The Space Exploratorium is an online resource supporting faculty, students, and teachers in Space Physics and Astronomy Education. Our goal is to improve K-12, undergraduate and graduate education in space physics and astronomy. It is also our intent to promote science literacy for all
who are interested.
Whether you are a teacher, student, amateur astronomer, or simply interested in learning more about the
universe, the resources
found here will help you in your quest for a better understanding of
Students at Embry Riddle Aeronautical
University assembling a radio telescope receiver
Space physicists and astronomers are making great strides in understanding the nature of the universe and everything in it. These scientists observe, record, interpret, and develop theories to explain celestial and physical phenomena. From the vastness of space to the infinitesimal scale of subatomic particles, they study the fundamental properties of the natural world to gain a better understanding of our universe.
With all of the new and exciting tools available to the space scientists, there is an explosion of new ideas and theories. With all these new and exciting discoveries, it’s no wonder there
is an abundance of jobs in space physics and astronomy. These jobs are high paying (the median expected salary for a typical
astronomer in the United States is $98,945
per year) and full of opportunities to make new discoveries about the universe that we live in.
In the last few years students have made many important astronomical discoveries.
These discoveries include:
Kuiper Belt Objects
Eclipsing Binary Stars
Missing Mass of the Universe
The Space Exploratorium is a website designed to familiarize the educator
Educators learning the latest
methods for teaching space physics and astronomy
with the many online resources and educator workshops for
space physics and astronomy educators. The goal of this website is to familiarize the educator with research-validated teaching strategies and classroom materials, as well as, providing
lesson plans that incorporate new and innovative ways to communicate astronomy and space physics.
It is an established fact that the best way of stimulating student interest
is through a series of meaningful, intellectually stimulating classroom or
student projects. We have prepared a number of these projects that educators
can adapt for their classrooms and students. You will find a variety of interactive and hands-on activities
such as: Comet Hunting or
Radio JOVE as classroom projects or observing
Exoplanets Transiting their star. For the
younger students Measuring Time with the Big Dipper Clock.
NASA's Science Education Program
NASA provides support for the country’s educators who play a key role in preparing, inspiring, exciting, encouraging, and nurturing the young minds of today who will be the workforce of tomorrow.
These programs are created by NASA using NASA's resources and results in Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics research. The program sponsors educational activities at all levels of formal and informal education to provide opportunities for
educators incorporate this wealth of material into the classroom using unique NASA resources.