RESOURCE DIRECTORY

FOR

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS

of 

ASTRONOMY

 

Astronomy is a beautiful magazine for high school students and adults interested in basic astronomy.  It is published by Kalmbach Publishing Company, PO Box 1612, Waukesha, WI 53187. You can get a discounted subscription rate through your local astronomy club, if you are a club member. Posters and slide sets are also available. Call 1-800-446-5489 for more information about their catalog and subscription rates.

Membership in a local astronomy club is often beneficial, in that club members are often available to make classroom presentations and evening stargazes, or comet or eclipse watches may be arranged with club members officiating. If you don't know if there are any local clubs in your area, please go to the  Astronomical League Home Page. There, you can find the closest astronomy club listed for your area.

You may be interested in beginning a chapter of the Young Astronaut Program. The cost is $40.00 per year. Begun in conjunction with NASA as an educational program for youth, the program highlights space exploration and space studies, but it also develops terrestrial projects in biology, ecology, and physics for the backyard lab. The monthly handouts for projects are a great resource, and occasional bonuses such as rocket launching kits, videos, and science project kits make the program a super value. Call them at 1-202-682-1985, or write: Young Astronauts' Council, 1211 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036.

NASA remains a great source of information on space sciences. Call Kennedy Space Center's Public Relations Office at 1-407-865-2634 or write: Code PA-EAB, Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899. Another source is the Marshal Space Flight Center. Write them at: Code CA-20, Marshal Space Flight Center, AL 35812. You may call them at 1-205-453-0040. Space camp would make an interesting and educational field trip, as would their museums. There are also space camp opportunities for adults, and many teachers have taken advantage of this training to learn more about space, astronomy, teamwork (mission control and astronaut), and many interconnected disciplines.  
Find out who, in your general area, is certified to handle the moon rock display, and you can have them schedule a display for the school.  Adequate security must be provided, however, and a secure safe available for storage of the display before the presentation.

Sky Publishing is the source of many educational booklets and maps, as well as the Sky & Telescope magazine, published monthly. Again, an association with a local astronomy club can get you a discounted copy...about $24.00 per year. To check on updated subscription rates, call 1-617-864-7360. You may write them at 49 Bay State Road, Cambridge, MA 02138. Ask for their free catalog. Their booklet "Backyard Astronomy" costs on $40.00 per 100, and for about the same price, you can get "Getting Started in Astronomy." Both of these publications are highly recommended.

The Planetary Society is the world's largest pro-space organization, with about 100,000 members. Their "Planetary Report" is a monthly publication, and they also offer slide sets, posters, and video tapes at reasonable costs to educators. Call 1-818-793-5100 for a free catalog, or write them at: 65 North Catalina Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106-2301.

The Astronomical League is a national organization comprised of astronomy clubs and individual members at large, with over 170 member societies and more than 11,000 members nationwide.  You can post an e-mail note to the Executive Secretary requesting the "Careers in Astronomy" pamphlet, as well as finding out what clubs are near you. Club members have access to videos and educational slide sets from the AL.

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific is geared toward professionals, however they do publish books, slide sets, resource listings and videos. Their catalog is free, and may be obtained by writing them at: 390 Ashton Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112.

The Abrams Planetarium publishes monthly sky calendars and charts. The cost is $7.50 annually. Subscribe by writing: Sky Calendar, Abrams Planetarium, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824.

For a modest $14.00, you can order the comprehensive Astronomical Calendar by Guy Ottewell. This annual calendar is much more than just a listing of dates and events...you get narratives explaining interesting tidbits, such as how the moon's phases affect the calendar date of Easter each year, or the names given to various full moons throughout history. You may order it from: The Astronomical Workshop, Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina 29613, or call 1-803-294-2208.

 

Other astronomical/science sources to consider:

Astronomical photo calendars from either Kalmbach or Sky Publishing.

Don't forget local planetariums or observatories.

Link to the Junior Astronomer pages.

Distance-learning Astronomy.

 

Other links to consider for educational resources:

The Learning Web Pages-- Links to various sites involving earth science, biology, and ecology.

Science on the Internet-- Links to various disciplines, such as astronomy/space, atmospheric science, computers, physics and other resources.

PhysLINK.com-- Links abound on this page for information on the physical sciences...Astronomy, Physics, Mechanics, Optics, Sound, and more.  There is even an "Ask the Experts" option.  This site is a great resource for teachers who want to expand their knowledge and classroom offerings.  An on-line forum gives you the opportunity to discuss physical science topics and exchange ideas.

LunarSat-- This site represents a European proposal for a lunar micro-orbiter,
to be launched at the dawn of the third Millennium.   An Educational Package is available which covers problems encountered in Math, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Communications Technology.

Academic Information: Subject Guides and Online Degrees-- This is a very comprehensive site which has Subject Guides for various academic subjects and information concerning Online Degrees.  This site is a valuable resource for educators of all levels. 

PhD Resource Guide:  This guide includes information about choosing the courses needed for your PhD, and the steps you need to take in order to complete the program.
If you are considering continuing to a PhD, please check out the valuable information on this site.


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