Astronomy

Portrait of Sally Ride.

In this lesson students will be learning about the first American woman in space, Sally Ride, as well as her work after NASA in outreach for young girls in astrophysics.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
10 min
In-class time: 
55-80 min
National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Very Large Array of radio/telescope dishes in Socorro, New Mexico.

In this lesson plan students will learn about Stellar seismology, a technique that was developed by the astronomy Wanda Diaz-Merced.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
20 min
In-class time: 
65 min
Maria Goeppert Mayer and Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

Students will learn about the institutionalized discrimination of women scientists and their struggles for employment.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
15-20 minutes
In-class time: 
50 or 100 minutes
Portraits of Mary Somerville and Jane Marcet

Students will learn about the significance of scientific writing, the significance of two writers from the early eighteen hundreds, and will practice writing themselves. 

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
20-30 minutes
In-class time: 
55-105 minutes
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Physics Department in 1916.  Della Rogers is the only woman present.

Female scientists have often struggled for recognition because of their gender.  Students will learn about some of these less well-known figures in the history of science.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
15-30 minutes
In-class time: 
35-60 minutes
Maria Mitchell with her students

Students will learn about Maria Mitchell, the first professional woman astronomer.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
10-15 minutes
In-class time: 
45-75 minutes
Project Engineer William Conway (left) and Principal Investigator Dr. George Carruthers (right) with the Apollo 16 far ultraviolet camera/spectrograph instrument.

Students will learn about African Americans involved in astronomy and astrophysics, from the 1700s when astronomy was used as a practical tool to the twentieth century space race, using primary and secondary documents.

Grade level(s): 
6-8
9-12
Prep time: 
10-15 minutes for each part
In-class time: 
Two parts, 45-60 minutes each
Star formation in the constellation Orion as photographed in infrared by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Students will learn about different African cultures and the ways that they have understood what we know as the Orion constellation

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
10 minutes
In-class time: 
55-60 minutes
Star formation in the constellation Orion as photographed in infrared by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Students will learn about different African cultures and the ways that they have understood what we know as the Orion constellation.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
6-8
Prep time: 
10-15 minutes
In-class time: 
40-45 minutes
Dorrit Hoffleit

Students will learn about the life and career of female astronomers through their own words.

Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
15 minutes
In-class time: 
65-100 minutes

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