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Astrid Rivarola Astrid Rivarola 2720 Points

Astronomy has always had a significant impact on our world view. There are still many unanswered questions in astronomy. There are questions like: “How old are we?”, “How unique is the Universe, and could a slightly different Universe ever have supported life?” But astronomy is also breaking new records every day, establishing the furthest distances, most massive objects, and most violent explosions. How can we explain young elementary level students this topic and what are some appropriate resources we can use to support this? How about the NASA Educational Program? Thanks

Matt Bobrowsky Matthew Bobrowsky 6295 Points

[size=100]Sometimes I do a school assembly program in which I build up the distance scale starting with things that are small and manageable. The key is to do lots of comparisons and analogies, and to make scale models. Check out the Voyage scale model solar system. http://www.voyagesolarsystem.org' target="_blank">http://www.voyagesolarsystem.org" target="_blank">http://www.voyagesolarsystem.org' target="_blank">http://www.voyagesolarsystem.org Matt P.S. I wouldn't consider "How old are we?" to be one of the unanswered questions. [/size] [size=80]======================================== Dr. Matthew Bobrowsky University of Maryland Tel: 443-812-5466 E-mail: matt@mailaps.org and MSB Science, LLC 11300 Classical Ln Silver Spring, MD 20901-5021 Tel: 443-812-5466 matt@msb-science.com http://www.linkedin.com/in/mattbobrowsky' target="_blank">http://www.linkedin.com/in/mattbobrowsky" target="_blank">http://www.linkedin.com/in/mattbobrowsky' target="_blank">http://www.linkedin.com/in/mattbobrowsky ========================================[/size]

Cris DeWolf Cris DeWolf 11965 Points

Hello Astrid- The NASA Explorer School program is a great place to start.

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