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WorldWide Telescope Ambassadors Program

found in: science; preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

WorldWide Telescope Ambassadors Program  provides Earth and Space Science lessons and classroom activities as well as online access to the WorldWide Telescope. WWT allows exploration of the universe and the ability to create or view previously prepared guided tours. For an introduction to WWT, see Getting Started with WWT.

NOTE: Teachers will need to download WorldWide Telescope to a computer running Windows to use WWT tours. The legacy version of WWT will run on Windows XP. The latest version (WWT 5.5) requires Windows 7/8/8.1/10.

Lesson plans are under three headings: seasons, moon phases & eclipses, and life in the universe. Seasons  is an eight lesson unit for grades 6-8 and includes a Seasons Preview Video  (2:45), curriculum guide, instructional videos, activity sheets with answer keys, demo videos for modeling, and additional resources. The Seasons unit is aligned with Next Generation Science, as is Moon Phases & Eclipses.

Life in the Universe  is a ten-day unit for grades 6-8 with teacher guide, activity sheets, and digital & video resources. Students explore the science of the search for extraterrestrial life as well as its social implications.

The Ambassadors Program also offers Informal Education  and Astronomy 101 Informal Education has an introductory activity (K-12+), one on stellar evolution (6-8), and another on the golden ration and the spiral (6-8). Astronomy 101 features university lectures, tours, and other astronomy resources from Bucknell and the University of Massachusetts.



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