The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)-compliant NASA EMS/IRA curriculum unit was written for classroom delivery by teachers participating in the NASA AAA professional development program. Curriculum components are available to a wider audience via this site. Please note that more material may be added to this page periodically, so checking back occasionally is encouraged.
This work is supported by Cooperative Agreement NNX16AC51A between NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and the SETI Institute. Further acknowledgements are contained in the Curriculum Explanatory Guide and Acknowledgements document linked below.
Please note that:
- The curriculum was designed to be used by fully trained AAA teachers. Before teaching the curriculum, AAA teachers receive 6 months of focused professional development, an all-day in-person curriculum training workshop, and a STEM immersion experience.
- The curriculum is based on a series of hands-on student activities. Materials and equipment needed for those activities are listed in the lesson plans.
- The curriculum materials are not in final form. These materials are still undergoing revision; independent product review has not yet occurred.
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Two ways to download the materials:
- Download all files in a zip format here (73.7mb).
- Download individual files linked below.
Curriculum Explanatory Guide and Acknowledgements78 kb
All Days - Unit Overview and Misconceptions1.4 mb
All Days - Unit Overview and Implementation Slides10.7 mb
Days 1+2 Lesson Plans plus Materials2 mb
Day 3 Lesson Plan plus Materials3 mb
Days 4+5 Lesson Plans plus Materials966 kb
Day 6 Lesson Plans plus Materials15.6 mb
Days 7+8 Lesson Plan plus Materials5.1 mb
Days 9+10 Lesson Plans plus Materials938 kb
Infrared Astronomy Science Case Studies student reader - English24.8 mb
Astronomia Infrarrojo Estudio de Casos Scientificos - Español8.8 mb
Orion at Visual and Infrared Wavelengths lithograph - English1.8 mb
Astronomia Infrarrojo - Más De Lo Que Nuestros Ojos Pueden Ver - Español1.7 mb
SOFIA Mission Overview lithograph - English1.8 mb
SOFIA - Explorando el Universo Infrarrojo - Español1.6 mb