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 the universe.

Students


Students Assembling a Radio Telescope Receiver
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:

 
  • Pulsars
  • Super Novae
  • Comets
  • Asteroids
  • Kuiper Belt Objects
  • Eclipsing Binary Stars
  • Minor Planets
  • Comet Breakup
  • Missing Mass of the Universe
 

Educators


The Space Exploratorium is a website designed to familiarize the educator
Astronomy Classroom
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.