Educators

WWT Hubble Lab

The WWT Ambassadors and faculty and staff at Bucknell University have developed a hybrid lab involving both hands-on and virtual actvites that focuses on the Hubble Law, expansion of the universe, and large scale structure. This lab, designed for non-science undergraduates in an introductory astronomy class, combines inves>ga>on with tac>le models in a laboratory environmentwith analysis of real astronomical data, and detailed visualiza>on using astronomy visualization software.

WWT Parallax Lab

The WWT Ambassadors and faculty and staff at Bucknell University have developed a hybrid lab involving both hands-on and virtual activities that focuses on the concept of parallax. This lab, designed for non-science undergraduates in an introductory astronomy class, combines real-time modeling in a terrestrial environment with detailed visualization using virtual environment software. Students are therefore able to both explore parallax as it is viewed astronomically and develop physical intuition for the concept by measuring it in real time.

 

Classroom Resources

These are some WWT resources designed for use in the classroom.  We are in the process of developing more detailed curricular materials that use WWT.  Contact us if you would like to be on a mailing list to be notified when they are available here.  If you have your own materials that you have created and would like to share them with the WWTA community, please let us know!

3D features for science teachers and astronomy educators

This video is designed to give science teachers and astronomy educators an overview of WWT's 3D model of the solar system and cosmos.  We demonstrate how WWT can help students understand and visualize:

  • night and day
  • seasons
  • Moon phases
  • parallax
  • distances to constellations
  • our Milky Way galaxy
  • clumpy structure in our cosmos

What Schools Has WWTA Served?

WorldWide Telescope Ambassadors serves schools in the Greater Boston Area.  During the 2013-2014 academic year, students from Vassal Lane Upper School (Cambridge, MA), Diamond Middle School and Clarke Middle School (Lexington, MA)  explored the phases of the moon with WWTA.  

Why Use WWT in Astronomy Classes?

"Awesome, amazing, cool, incredible (repeat 30 times)!"

"Way cooler than 'Call of Duty'."

"It gave me a better mental map of the universe."

"Learning about our Universe by actually seeing and exploring it makes it easier to contemplate and more fun."

Students from the WWT Ambassadors Pilot share their enthusiasm for WWT.

What Are Some Ways to Use WWT in my Science Classes?

We believe that WWT can help students at all grade levels, from elementary school through college.  Here are some suggestions for getting started with WWT in your own classroom.

Get WWT:

See "Getting Started with WWT" to familiarize yourself with WWT's features and how it can help your students visualize and learn about the cosmos.

Projector Classroom Demos:

If you have access to a projector and have WWT installed on a single computer

How Do I Get a WWT Ambassador to Come to my Classroom?

WWTA was created to bring WWT to schools. WWTA has been involved in several middle schools throughout the Boston area for extended periods of time, and many more schools in the Boston area and even beyond for much shorter time intervals. 

What can WWTA bring to your school?

WWTA is always willing to do as much as possible to work with schools. If you have a specific request, please do not hesitate to contact us. We can work with you to create a Guided Tour in WWT specific to your needs or develop all kinds of WWT-related activities for use in your classroom.

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