CARA Education & Outreach:
We have a few different kinds of resources on-line,
and we're working to make even more available to you.
At the moment, we have some of our lesson plans from
various projects and some short columns on various subjects.
We'll add things as they become available.
We're assuming that you have read the
Outreach page so that you know what we
mean by "Yerkes Summmer Institute," "Space Explorers," etc.
As noted in the Space Explorers page,
this is a "spiral curriculum," meaning that the students
generally stay in the program for at least three years as high school
students, and now we're starting to get high school students
who have been with us even longer through the Young Astronomers
program. This has a significant impact on what and how we teach
The instructors for the Space Explorers classes (and the authors of
these lessons plans) range from
professional educators at Adler and the Fernbank Science Center to
professors and graduate students in the University of Chicago
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics.
WARNING -- THIS IS NOT READY-TO-USE
This is here so that we can share ideas.
Each lab is written in an individual style, and is likely to make the
most sense to another (astro)physicist. You must read the
full set of Credits, Caveats, and
Copyrights for these labs before using them.
CARA is not focused on curriculum development, and we are infinitely
grateful to the instructors who have shared their notes and lesson
In general, records are more complete for the more recent years,
so that's why they're listed in reverse chronological order.
- Yerkes Summer Institutes (YSI):
- Yerkes Winter Institutes (YWI):
- Space Explorer classes in Chicago:
- Short handout-type columns on various topics: