Information for Educators
- Cosmic Times Poster Sets Available -
Our Cosmic Times posters are available for distribution. This set
of six posters tell the story of how our understanding of the universe
has changed over the past 100 years. Each poster mimics the front
page of a newspaper from a key era in this history. Articles describe
the discoveries and ideas that have lead us to our current state of
knowledge. The Cosmic Times
web site has accompanying lesson plans and a teacher guide which provides
background to all the articles. For your students, there are also two
newsletter versions of each poster, each at a different reading level
and downloadable from the web site.
Displaying the posters will spark interest in science and science
history, while the lessons will re-inforce science concepts and
explore the historical and social context of this history.
To order your set of Cosmic Times posters, go to our order form.
- WMAP Inflatable Universe Teaching Ball -
This 12-inch inflatable beach ball portrays the oldest light in the
universe. This light was emitted by hydrogen gas 380,000 years after
the Big Bang, long before stars and galaxies formed. The patterns in
this light trace minute variations in the early gas density (a part in
100,000) and provide valuable information about the age, shape, and
composition of our universe. The full sky map depicted on this beach
ball was produce from data collected byt eh Wilkinson Microwave
Anistotropy Probe (WMAP) between 2000 and 2006. For more information
see the WMAP Inflatable
Universe Teaching Ball page.
To order yours, to go our order
form. Because of their bulk, please limit your request to 1 per customer.
- "Got Calcium?" Lithograph -
"Got Calcium?" is a perfect illustration on the production of the
chemical elements in stars and supernovae, this revised lithograph
features a new image of the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant. It also
includes the first-ever bovine-astronomy classroom activity. Your 4-H
students will love it, and city-slickers will get a new appreciation of
Check out the online Got Calcium? page, and order your
hardcopy via our order form.
- Space Forensics: Death of a Star -
We've developed a workshop on how scientists collect and analyze
the evidence from a cosmic crime scene and solve the mysteries of a
supernova. This presentation includes background, activities, and a
narrative exploration of scientific problem solving. This
presentation is available in our Teachers' Corner.
- "What is Your Cosmic Connection to the Elements?" Poster and
Information Booklet -
This poster and information/activity booklet provides information on the
cosmic origins of the chemical elements. Astronomy topics include the
big bang, life cycles of stars, supernovae, cosmic rays, and the
chemical compoisition of the universe. Physics topics include fusion
and physical principles important in stellar evolution. Chemistry
teachers will find information connecting the elements with their cosmic
origins. The booklet is complete with 8 classroom activities which use
a variety of techniques to re-inforce the material.
Check out the Cosmic Elements
page for online versions of the poster and booklet, the power point
presentation of our workshop, and a link to our order form.