School-Based Extracurricular Astronomy Appendix

Jeff Stanger - Sydney Girls High School and Sydney Observatory

SGHS Astronomy Club
http://www.sghs.nsw.edu.au/Co-curricular/Astronomy/index.html Our internet page
http://www.jeffstanger.net/Science Teaching/sghs egg drop challenge.pdf SGHS Egg Drop Challenge
http://www.jeffstanger.net/Science Teaching/sghs_rocket_workshop.pdf SGHS PET Bottle Rocket Challenge

Activities and Resources
http://www.astronomy.com/asy/objects/pdf/welcome_astronomy.pdf An introduction to Astronomy
http://www.jeffstanger.net/iya/iya4teachers.html IYA 2009 information for Australian Teachers
http://www.jeffstanger.net/iya/iyadgs.html Index to a huge collection of astronomy education resources for IYA 2009 
http://afterschoolastronomy.org/index.html Resources and networking for school astronomy clubs
http://spaceplace.jpl.nasa.gov/partners/ A newsletter for astronomy clubs
http://www.astrosociety.org/education/astro/project_astro.html ASPís Project ASTRO and links to many resources
http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/ A support network for amateur astronomy clubs to assist them in public outreach
http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/download-search.cfm Search the night sky network resources
http://universe.nasa.gov/au/ NASAís Afterschool Universe resources
http://www.astrosociety.org/education/publications/tnl/tnl.html A free newsletter for astronomy educators
http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/seuforum/exhibit/resources/CQEdGuide.pdf Large booklet of astronomy activities
http://www.astronomy.mq.edu.au/deepspace/ Faulkes telescope ASISTM project legacy site
http://www.astronomy.mq.edu.au/space2grow/ Current Australian project using the Faulkes telescopes in schools
http://www.asistm.edu.au/asistm/asistm_case_study_6,23626.html More information on the Faulkes Telescope Project
http://www.jeffstanger.net/Science%20Teaching/faulkestelescopeproject.html SGHS Astronomy Club Faulkes telescope
www.hscphysics.edu.au Resources for the HSC physics syllabus including several on astronomy topics
http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/Perimeter_Explorations/ Dark Matter educational package
http://www.mso.anu.edu.au/~charley/papers/LineweaverDavisSciAm.pdf Misconceptions about the Big Bang article
http://outreach.atnf.csiro.au/education/ A multitude of resources for astronomy education
http://www.museudaciencia.pt/index.php?iAction=Actividades&iArea=5&iId=18 Create your own constellations
http://www.unawe.org/joomla/ Astronomy activities for young children

Observing nights
http://www.jeffstanger.net/Astronomy/observing.html intro to what can you see in the night sky
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/letsgo Letís go stargazing!
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/sightings/ Observing the international space station and having a star party

http://outreach.atnf.csiro.au/education/teachers/viewing/ Tips for holding a viewing night
http://www.skymaps.com/ Monthly skymaps
http://www.seds.org/messier/indexes.html Information on messier objects you may observe

Astrophotography
http://www.jeffstanger.net/Astrophotography/astrophotography.html How to articles

Discussions - Astronomy news services can stimulate discussions on certain topics or give you ideas.
http://www.universetoday.com/
http://www.space.com/
http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/space/
http://www.nasa.gov/news/highlights/index.html
http://www.skyandtelescope.com
http://spaceflightnow.com/
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

Quizzes
http://library.thinkquest.org/J001665/quiz.html  An example of quiz questions online

Podcasts and Vodcasts Ė These news services are audio or video and can be used as resources
http://www.abc.net.au/science//starstuff/ The ABCís StarStuff
http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/cosmic_classroom/ask_astronomer/video/ Ask an Astronomer videos
http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/ESApod/index.html ESApod
http://www.slackerastronomy.org/wordpress/index.php Slacker Astronomy
http://www.astronomycast.com/ Astronomy Cast

Podcasting - You can get your students to produce an audio show for the ipod.
http://www.learnoutloud.com/Content/Topic-Pages/Introduction-To-Podcasting/17 A good place to start
http://www.podcasting-tools.com/what-is-podcasting.htm more introductory information
http://www.firstgov.gov/webcontent/technology/podcasting.shtml More information
http://www.apple.com/itunes/podcasts/ The most popular podcast management software

Software Ė There is a lot of excellent free software available to help you teach astronomy and here are some examples.
http://www.shatters.net/celestia/ Celestia is a 3D solar system simulation you can fly around and observe the universe.
http://www.stellarium.org/ Stellarium is a virtual planetarium. You can observe the sky from Earth and how it changes.
http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/ WorldWide Telescope allows you to easily view images from the worlds observatories and much much more.
http://www.google.com/sky/ and http://earth.google.com/sky/skyedu.html Google Sky is an extension of Google Earth http://earth.google.com/ and is wonderful for showing people images anywhere in the sky.
http://www.thinkastronomy.com/M13/index.html shows 3D distribution of astronomical objects in our galaxy.

Competitions
http://ausgo.aao.gov.au/contest/ A contest for 2009 to win observing time on the Gemini telescope.
http://youdecide.hubblesite.org/ Vote on what the Hubble telescope will look at next.

Documentaries and presentations
http://www.400years.org/ 400 years of the telescope.
http://www.eyesontheskies.org/index.php The official documentary of the international year of astronomy.
http://www.astronomy2009.org/resources/presentations/ PowerPoints for the IYA 2009.

Online Telescopes
http://black-hole-net.mit.csu.edu.au/telescope/main.asp CSU Remote Telescopes in Bathurst.
http://www.tzecmaun.org/ A growing network of online telescopes in New Mexico, USA and South Australia.