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Origins Education Forum

Here are just a few sample activities. More activities from the Origins missions can be found through the Space Science Education Resource Directory.

Light and Color

The Electromagnetic Spectrum poster (grades 6-12)

Because the electromagnetic spectrum is an important concept in the National Science Education Standards at the middle and high school levels, the Origins Education Forum has created a poster on this topic. The front of the poster shows images of a galaxy as viewed with different frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum, along with graphics depicting the regions of the electromagnetic spectrum and the fundamental concepts of wavelength and frequency. The back of the poster contains background information and three classroom activities.


Active Astronomy – Classroom activities for learning about infrared light (grades 5–12)

Here is a set of four activities that focus on improving student understanding of infrared energies, which occupies the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum between visible light and microwaves, the shortest of the radio waves.

Infrared activities (grades 5-12)

Here are a number of classroom activities from the Cool Cosmos Web site, associated with the Spitzer Space Telescope.


Hubble Space Telescope Deep Field lesson package (grades 6-8)

Students will simulate the process astronomers went through to count, classify and identify objects in the Hubble Deep Field image, as well as estimate their distances from Earth.

Search for Planets

Detecting planet transits (grades 5-8)

Stars are so far away, how can we even begin to try to figure out whether or not they have planets, and how hot or big the planets are? We can do it with a transit. This activity shows how.

PlanetQuest student activities guide (grades 5-12).

Here are a number of activities related to the search for planets around other stars.

Search for Life

Life Poster (grades 9-12)

Life: What is it? Where is it? How do we find it? Here is a poster that you can download, along with a teacher science background reading and three inquiry-based classroom activities to help teachers explore astrobiology concepts in their classrooms.

Voyages Through Time (grades 9-10)

Voyages Through Time is a year-long, integrated science curriculum based on the theme of evolution and delivered on CD-ROM. In Voyages Through Time, evolution is defined as cumulative change over time that occurs in all realms of the natural world. The evolutionary scope of Voyages Through Time is billions of years long and ranges from the Big Bang to modern technologies. The evolution of everything provides a compelling "story-line" for the entire curriculum. The curriculum is comprised of modules that will stand alone in discipline specific courses.

The home page for the curriculum is:

A complete sample activity from the Planetary Evolution module is located at: