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Manual for Afterschool Universe DLESE Reviewed Collection
This astronomy program is designed for middle school children in out-of-school-time settings. The program explores basic astronomy concepts (like invisible light, telescopes) and focuses on the universe outside the solar system (stars, galaxies, black holes). By offering programming on these topics outside of the classroom, where schedules are less constrained, Afterschool Universe engages students in science and keeps them interested. Afterschool Universe consists of 12 sessions, each typically requiring 45-60 minutes for implementation. The program is flexibly structured for use in a variety of settings, including astronomy days, summer camps, or year-long afterschool programming. Although sessions build concepts when attended sequentially, each session is intended to be freestanding as not all participants may attend every session. A comprehensive manual provides background information and detailed descriptions of how to conduct each activity. The manual has been written for leaders with little science background. A companion Wweb siteWeb site provides additional information and resources for the program leader. All the activities are done ?in the real world? and do not require a computer. Suggestions for optional web-based activities are provided for locations with computers or for at-home extensions.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Informal
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Assessment / Evaluation
    • Curriculum
    • Guide for instructor
    • Presentation / Demo
    • Project
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - artistic
    • Illustration - scientific
    • Photograph
  • Text:
    • Glossary
    • Book
    • Abstract / Summary
  • Services:
    • Email lists
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
The manual is given to everyone who attends our 2-day comprehensive training workshops. It is also available for download from the Afterschool Universe website for those who have undergone training or received a waiver from training.
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-ESERevProd-000-000-000-411
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Anita Krishnamurthi