For Educators

Welcome! This page offers a list of resources that exist for educators teaching astrobiology and related disciplines.

More Resources for Educators  

Here are a list of resources for teaching general science and math concepts. 

  • MIT Blossoms. BLOSSOMS video lessons are enriching students' learning experiences in high school classrooms from Brooklyn to Beirut to Bangalore. The MIT Blossoms Video Library contains over 50 math and science lessons, all freely available to teachers as streaming video and Internet downloads and as DVDs and videotapes. Learn more at:
  • Science Literacy Maps. NSDL Science Literacy Maps are a tool for teachers and students to find resources that relate to specific science and math concepts. The maps illustrate connections between concepts as well as how concepts build upon one another across grade levels, with links to useful resources. Check out Science Literacy Maps at:
  • Scitable is a free science library and personal learning tool brought to you by Nature Publishing Group, the world's leading publisher of science.  Scitable currently concentrates on genetics and cell biology, which include the topics of evolution, gene expression, and the rich complexity of cellular processes shared by living organisms. Scitable also offers resources for the budding scientist, with advice about effective science communication and career paths. Check out Scitable at:
  • We Want Our Future is a grassroots space exploration educational that aims to get elementary through high school age students inspired and energized about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math using Space Exploration. The program hopes to collect 100,000+ postcards from students across the world, in which each student draws his or her hope for the future of space. The post cards are then uploaded onto our website, so that students can see their work in an international forum. In completing this project, "We Want Our Future" hopes to inspire our nation’s youth to dream big, ask for help, and never give up. For more information check out We Want Our Future at:
  • BioInteractive is a library of multimedia resources to support teaching. It was developed from a focus on practicing scientists explaining their research; engaging explanations driven by compelling examples and graphics; and meaningful dialogue with instructors to improve products and to facilitate classroom adoption of materials. The site includes lectures, interactive features, and short films. Many videos feature scientists at different career stages, from undergraduates to senior research professors, talking about their research and their lives as scientists. The site also has teacher guides, lesson plans, instructions for hands-on activities, and virtual labs. Visit the site at
  • Globaloria is a social learning network where students develop digital literacies, STEM and computing knowledge, and global citizenship through game design. Visit Globaloria at

Resources for Astronomy Educators

Here are a few educational resources from the nonprofit Astronomical Society of the Pacific that may help you if you are teaching or explaining astronomy:

  • An "Astronomy Behind the Headlines" podcast on "Science from the Moon" (on current and future Moon missions, with guest Dr. Jack Burns, University of Colorado):


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Comment by Hillary J. Stacey on May 8, 2012 at 1:59pm

Here is a unit plan for astrobiology aimed at early high school. It's a little old but will be updated.

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