Astro-Venture  NASA

Continue Your Astrobiology Journey

Grades K-4
Grades 5-8
Grades 9-12
College/University
All Grades

 

Grades K-4

Grade Title Description
K-4 Looking for Life NASAExplores provides science articles about NASA programs written at various age levels. This article describes how scientist define and look for life. Supplemental activities are included.
Science article with supplemental activites
3-5 NASA SCIfiles™: The Case of the Inhabitable Habitat This award-winning video series includes online investigations, activities and worksheets. In this episode, the tree house detectives design a habitat that can sustain life on Mars. In order to design a habitat, the tree house detectives decide they must first learn more about Mars and the various habitats found here on Earth.
Video program with supplemental materials
3-9 Life in the Universe This curriculum guide was created by the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute. The lessons, activities, and experiments teach standard science concepts in the context of questions about the nature of life, its possible presence elsewhere in the universe, and the physical/chemical settings provided by space, planets, and stars, and within which other life might be sought.
Curriculum guide

[top]

 

Grades 5-8

Grade Title Description
3-5 NASA SCIfiles™: The Case of the Inhabitable Habitat This award-winning video series includes online investigations, activities and worksheets. In this episode, the tree house detectives design a habitat that can sustain life on Mars. In order to design a habitat, the tree house detectives decide they must first learn more about Mars and the various habitats found here on Earth.
Video program with supplemental materials
3-9 Life in the Universe This curriculum guide was created by the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute. The lessons, activities, and experiments teach standard science concepts in the context of questions about the nature of life, its possible presence elsewhere in the universe, and the physical/chemical settings provided by space, planets, and stars, and within which other life might be sought.
Curriculum guide
5-8 Looking for Life NASAExplores provides science articles about NASA programs written at various age levels. This article describes how scientist define and look for life. Supplemental activities are included.
Science article with supplemental activites
5-8 Mysteries of Microbes, Fascinating Fieldwork Join NASA Quest and the NASA Astrobiology Institute in doing some Fascinating Fieldwork! Students engaged in two live webcasts introducing Astrobiologists' fieldwork study of microbial mats. Students then interacted with active astrobiologists in a forum as they compare and contrast their own investigation methods with those of astrobiologists.
Web cast (archive)
5-10 Life on Earth and Elsewhere? This educator resource guide provides opportunities for students to master fundamental science concepts and develop inquiry skills. The hands-on activities introduce students to core ideas in astrobiology by examining five key questions: What is life? What does life require? Which planets and moons might be habitable? How do Earth's extremophiles support the idea of extraterrestrial life? What are the possibilities for life elsewhere in our solar system?
Educator guide
5-12 Planetary Geology This educator's guide features exercises grouped into five units: 1) introduction to geologic processes, 2) impact cratering activities, 3) planetary atmosphere, 4) planetary surfaces, and 5) geologic mapping.
Educator guide
5-12 Who's Out There? Who's out there? Are humans alone in the universe? Scientists involved in SETI—the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence—are using modern technology to search for the answer to this age-old question.
Interactive game
7-8 MATHCOUNTS Competition MATHCOUNTS is a coaching and competition program for middle school students nationwide.
Student competition
7-9 ExoQuest Are we alone in the universe? A multimedia, educational product developed at NASA Classroom of the Future™ uses this question as a framework for integrating current research in astrobiology into the grade 7-9 curriculum.
CD-ROM
7-college Fingerprints of Life The goal of this Web site is to provide and maintain Astrobiology-related classroom activities and on-line Internet resources that are user friendly and beneficial to both the educator and the student.
Internet resource including classroom activities
7-adult micro*scope Developed by the Astrobiology Institute at the Marine Biological Laboratory, this web site is an innovative online resource that provides a searchable, comprehensive library of information about and images of microbes.
Online biology resource

[top]

 

Grades 9-12

Grade Title Description
3-9 Life in the Universe This curriculum guide was created by the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute. The lessons, activities, and experiments teach standard science concepts in the context of questions about the nature of life, its possible presence elsewhere in the universe, and the physical/chemical settings provided by space, planets, and stars, and within which other life might be sought.
Curriculum guide
5-10 Life on Earth and Elsewhere? This educator resource guide provides opportunities for students to master fundamental science concepts and develop inquiry skills. The hands-on activities introduce students to core ideas in astrobiology by examining five key questions: What is life? What does life require? Which planets and moons might be habitable? How do Earth's extremophiles support the idea of extraterrestrial life? What are the possibilities for life elsewhere in our solar system?
Educator guide
5-12 Planetary Geology This educator's guide features exercises grouped into five units: 1) introduction to geologic processes, 2) impact cratering activities, 3) planetary atmosphere, 4) planetary surfaces, and 5) geologic mapping.
Educator guide
5-12 Who's Out There? Who's out there? Are humans alone in the universe? Scientists involved in SETI—the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence — are using modern technology to search for the answer to this age-old question.
Interactive game
7-9 ExoQuest Are we alone in the universe? A multimedia, educational product developed at NASA Classroom of the Future™ uses this question as a framework for integrating current research in astrobiology into the grade 7-9 curriculum.
CD-ROM
7-college Fingerprints of Life The goal of this Web site is to provide and maintain Astrobiology-related classroom activities and on-line Internet resources that are user friendly and beneficial to both the educator and the student.
Internet resource including classroom activities
7-adult micro*scope Developed by the Astrobiology Institute at the Marine Biological Laboratory, this web site is an innovative online resource that provides a searchable, comprehensive library of information about and images of microbes.
Online biology resource
9 The Astrobiology Curriculum This curriculum is designed to help students learn that scientific knowledge is a dynamic set of current speculations. They will learn about, explore and participate in the real processes of science research and discovery, including modeling, setting up experiments, testing hypotheses, making systematic field observations, and doing image and data analysis.
Curriculum guide
9-10 Voyages Through Time The SETI Institute, the California Academy of Sciences, NASA, and San Francisco State University have developed standards-based curriculum materials for a one-year high school integrated science course centered on the unifying theme of evolution. Scientists, teachers, curriculum writers, and media specialists have created six modules that integrate astronomical, geological, and biological sciences.
CD-ROM
9-12 Habitable Worlds Explore our solar system for planets that might support life. This is an interactive project where you can access and analyze real scientific data related to the habitable zones within our solar system.
Interactive Web site
9-12 Is There Water on Mars? Investigations in this NASA Educator Guide explore the question of whether there is water on Mars.
Educator guide
9-12 Looking for Life NASAExplores provides science articles about NASA programs written at various age levels. This article describes how scientist define and look for life. Supplemental activities are included
Science article with supplemental activites
11-12 SHARP Program Each year, approximately 400 students are selected to participate in NASA SHARP for a minimum of eight weeks during the summer. Some of NASA's top science professionals, while conducting cutting-edge research as well as working on state-of-the-art equipment, mentor qualified students.
Student Internship

[top]

 

College/University

Grade Title Description
7-adult micro*scope Developed by the Astrobiology Institute at the Marine Biological Laboratory, this web site is an innovative online resource that provides a searchable, comprehensive library of information about and images of microbes.
Online biology resource
7-college Fingerprints of Life The goal of this Web site is to provide and maintain Astrobiology-related classroom activities and on-line Internet resources that are user friendly and beneficial to both the educator and the student.
Internet resource including classroom activities
College NASA Cooperative Education Program NASA Cooperative Education Programs are designed to combine academic studies with on-the-job training and experience and to give students an opportunity to work at a NASA Field Center while completing their education.
Student work experience
Undergraduate and Graduate Tech-Interns.com A gateway to internships and research opportunities in science and engineering fields.
Internship program
Undergraduate Astrobiology Academy The NASA Astrobiology Academy is a unique summer institute of higher learning whose goal is to help guide future leaders of the U.S. Space Program. It provides research opportunities in state-of-the-art Astrobiology laboratories coupled with broad-based views into the inner workings of the space program.
Summer institute
Undergraduate Minority University Research and Education Programs Minority University Research and Education Programs (MUREP) are administered through NASA's Office of Education to increase the agency's responsiveness to Federal mandates related to historically black colleges and universities and other minority universities, including Hispanic-serving institutions and tribal colleges and universities.
College/University programs
Graduate Graduate Student Researchers Program U.S. citizens who are full-time graduate students, or undergraduate students who have been accepted to a graduate program at an accredited U.S. college or university, are eligible for this program.
Student research program

[top]

 

All Grades

Title Description
GLOBE GLOBE is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based education and science program. For Students, GLOBE provides the opportunity to learn by taking scientifically valid measurements, reporting their data through the Internet, creating maps and graphs to analyze data sets, and collaborating with scientists and other GLOBE students around the world.
Education program
Ask an Astrobiologist Got a question about Astrobiology? Search the archive or submit it to get it answered!
Question and answer
Education Pays Calculator Use this calculator to find out exactly how much education does pay. Select the occupation you'd like to pursue in the first box and how much school you want to have when you enter the workforce.
Web resource.
Student's Guide to Astrobiology An astrobiology Internet resource guide for students of all ages.
Student resource guide
NASA Student Involvement Program (NSIP) This national competition is an opportunity to join in NASA's exploration of the universe, from the most distant stars to the earth beneath your feet.
Student contests
NASA Student Employment NASA sponsors a variety of paid and unpaid work opportunities for students. Find out more about the different types of student programs, get help building your resume, learn more about NASA and its research, and apply for a job online!
Employment opportunities
NASA Quest NASA Quest connects K-12 classroom with NASA people, research and science via mission-based challenges and explorations. Join Quest for live interactive webcasts, chats, forums and online publishing of student work.
Web challenges/webcasts

[top]