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Educational Program Guides and Curricula

Educational Program Guides and Curricula

Big Explosions and Strong Gravity

Big Explosions and Strong Gravity Big Explosions and Strong Gravity is an event for middle-school youth (roughly grades 6-8 or ages 11-14) to learn about supernovae, black holes, and the ways that scientists study these exciting phenomena. During the course of a day, students participate in hands-on activities to learn about the creation and distribution of elements in the universe, how light can be broken up into rainbow colors so scientists can learn what distant objects are made of, and the exciting lives and deaths of large stars.

Big Explosions and Strong Gravity was developed in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, and is now available as a curriculum that can be run with a variety of audiences. The manual provides write-ups of each activity and the tools for astronomy-interested educators to run this program in their community.




 

A service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), Dr. Alan Smale (Director), within the Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) at NASA/GSFC

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