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Lesson: How Telescopes Work

A Glass of Water Refracts LightIn this lesson, students in grades 3-9 learn how lenses gather and focus light and mirrors bounce light. They conduct experiments with water and mirrors to gain a greater understanding of the basic workings of telescopes.

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Contest: Space Telescope Design


The RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge invites high-school-aged students work as engineers and scientists to solve real-world problems related to the James Webb Space Telescope. Student teams will try to answer one of these two questions relating to the Webb telescope: How can you design a shield to protect the Webb telescope? How can you deliver the Webb telescope to space using existing rocket technology?

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Website: Amazing Space

Amazing SpaceAmazing Space is a Website operated by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach, aimed at promoting “the science and majestic beauty of the universe” for use in the classroom by educators and students of all ages. Check out the site’s news stories, online games and activities, “Astronomy Basics,” and a comprehensive set of teaching tools for educators offering information and materials.

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