||This is a workshop for teachers
of grades 8-12 about the current scientific model for the structure
and evolution of the Universe and the evidence that supports that
model. It is a collaboration of several NASA outreach programs,
including CHIPS, and is being presented nationally at conferences
of science educators. As part of the workshop many different lessons
are presented. You can find each of those lessons at this website.
|CHIPS Science Investigation:
Exploring the Interstellar Medium
This guide for Educators
and Students, grades 9-college, includes descriptions of the Interstellar
Medium and some hands-on activities to explore the science concepts
discussed (heat and temperature, interactions between light and
matter). Print and HTML forms of the Brief can be downloaded here:
Lesson for Students
||This web-based lesson includes exploration
of topics appropriate for middle school physical and space science classes.
Topics of density, heat and temperature,
and the process of cooling with hands-on experiments,
are explored all in the context of current space science research. After
these explorations, students return to the CHIPS mission with the opportunity
to apply what they have learned to thinking about the mission science. The
lesson is designed to revisit topics in several places - for example,
we ask some tough questions at various places throughout the lesson in
the hopes that students might revise their answers as they progress. We
recommend having students keep a science journal as they progress through
the lesson - which can later be used to assess their learning.
||students build a 3D model to help them visualize
the galactic coordinate system.
|The Boundary of Our Local Bubble
||An electronic version of our paper
lithograph about the boundary of our Local Bubble. appropriate
for middle school students.
Local Bubble Cutout
||This cutout contains the same activities as the paper lithograph, but
is cut into a shape like that of the Local Bubble.