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Paper: K-12 Education with the National Virtual Observatory
Volume: 347, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XIV
Page: 247
Authors: Raddick, M.J.; O'Mullane, W.; Szalay, A.S.; Christian, C.
Abstract: We have created the first K-12 education activity using data provided by the National Virtual Observatory (NVO). The activity, “Adopt an Object,” was suggested by Heidi Kaiter, a middle school science teacher from Concord, MA. It is designed for middle school students, but could be adapted for high school and Astro 101 students as well.
Each group of students selects a well-known sky object to “adopt ” for detailed study. Students use the NVO's “DataScope ” to look up multiwavelength images, observations, and catalog data for their object. The activity ends with a brief oral presentation and written report summarizing what each group has learned about their object.
The activity includes a complete teachers guide, with a lesson plan, additional resources, and correlations to national education standards. We are currently inviting K-12 teachers to field test the activity in their classes. We are also developing several other activities for K-12 and college teachers using NVO data.
The activity discussed here is available online at http://www.voservices. net/nvoedu.
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