Hands-On Universe Informal Science Education Project

September 1st, 1995 - August 31st, 2000 | PROJECT

Lawrence Berkeley Labs developed a CD containing educational materials, staff training and the software necessary for informal science education centers to offer to middle school students one- hour sessions, multiple-day workshops, and ongoing participation in a drop-in computer lab. Hands-On Universe (HOU) is an active science education program that provides participants access to observing time on professional telescopes through the use of a personal computer and the Internet. The CD contains: exploration experiences and challenge games; resource material including images from other national labs, descriptions and animations of related topics, and astronomical catalogs; image processing software; a telecommunications package to interface with HOU telescopes and support network, the Internet, and World Wide Web; staff training material. The target audiences are youth in grades three through high school, and adults.

Project Website(s)

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Team Members

Carlton Pennypacker, Principal Investigator, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 9552522
Funding Amount: 1595530


Audience: Adults | Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Space science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Games | Simulations | Interactives | Media and Technology | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media