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Dear Educator,

Please join us in improving the effectiveness of our Exolab!

With funding from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is starting an online learning community for teachers and faculty using our Laboratory for the Study of Exoplanets (“ExoLab”).

ExoLab is a one to two-week online curriculum module (5-10 class periods) that enables students to use our MicroObservatory robotic telescope system to detect and describe real exoplanets -- other worlds orbiting stars beyond our own solar system. Along the way students access online interactive visualizations, browser-based image-processing software, data analysis tools, and a platform for sharing their data with other students, other schools, and with us. The project models the Next-Generation Science Standards' focus on integrating science content, practice, and cross-cutting ideas. 

By joining this community, you’ll have access to:
  • An online self-paced mini-course on using the Exolab and exoplanet science (first round: March 29 - May 1)
  • Tips & tricks for optimizing student learning and data literacy
  • Live and recorded webinars with the Exolab development team at the Center for Astrophysics
  • Online forums, webinars, and other opportunities to interact with “exoplaneteers” — scientists at the CfA who study all aspects of extra solar planets.
  • A community of other educators, including “Master” ExoLab users, to share and discuss strategies for classroom implementation.
  • Opportunities for your students to share their findings with scientists, and with other classrooms around the country.
  • Just-in-time-support from the MicroObservatory telescope team, and news about new exoplanet targets and discoveries.
  • A certificate documenting your participation in 10+ hours of professional development.
To register for the community, please complete the following form.

Once you register, we’ll send you login information to join the ExoLab Educators’ Community, and information about the upcoming mini-course and webinars. Save the date for the first webinar - Wednesday March 29 at 3:30pm ET and 6:30 ET (repeated).

Best regards,

Mary Dussault
Roy Gould
Science Education Department
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street – MS 71
Cambridge, MA 02138