ARCHIVE: NASA’s “Amazing Space”: Using Hubble Space Telescope Images in the Classroom
Recorded: Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 @ 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm EDT
Duration: 50 minutes
This special session for educators is the result of an exciting STEM education collaboration between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) and the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), operations home to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Dr. Frank Summers, an astrophysicist at STScI, will provide an exciting overview of the science behind the world’s most famous telescope. You’ll have an opportunity to find out what has made the Hubble an engine of astronomical discovery for over two decades, and to see with the eyes of an astronomer as you explore some of the stunning images captured by Hubble. This session will highlight the idea that astronomical images are more than just pretty pictures—they are data recorded from nature that can be analyzed in many different ways to unlock some of the mysteries of the universe!
This session will also introduce you to some key resources from HST’s education program “Amazing Space.” Dan McCallister, education specialist at STScI, will show you how you can use Hubble’s Amazing Space resources to engage your students in learning about important disciplinary core ideas in Earth and Space Sciences. These resources are a great complement to investigations using the MicroObservatory robotic telescope system, a Smithsonian resource that was highlighted in two prior conferences: “Understanding Astrophotography” and “Do-It-Yourself Astrophotography.”
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Dr. Frank Summers is an astrophysicist working in the Office of Public Outreach at the Space Telescope Science Institute. His expertise spans a diverse range from research cosmology and high performance computing to scientific visualization and general astronomy outreach. At Space Telescope, he contributes to all aspects of Hubble and astronomy outreach through news media, web sites, educational programs, museums and planetariums.
Dan McCallister is an Education Specialist in the Office of Public Outreach at the Space Telescope Science Institute. A former middle-school teacher, Dan specializes in creating lesson plans and professional development experiences that engage students and teachers in scientific practices using data from the Hubble Space Telescope.