In Case You Missed It: Slooh’s Live Astronomy Lesson for K-12 Students

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Amid School Closures, Slooh Scientists Stream a Free One-Hour Astronomy Lesson for Kids Stuck at Home.

Yesterday at 4:30 pm EDT, astronomers from Slooh hosted a free astronomy lesson for K-12 students stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak. The lesson featured live telescope views from around the world and presentations from astronomers. 

According to Space.com, Russell Glenn, director of education for Slooh, said, “Slooh is committed to bringing out the very best in students and all people.” He then added, “We believe that space education is crucial in understanding and gaining perspective on the world around us.”

Slooh, if you’re not familiar, allows users of all ages all over the world to access online telescopes, community forums, and guided learning through an interactive online interface. 

The lesson includes a basic walkthrough of one of Slooh’s starter quests. The “Cosmic Explorer” quest guides students through the Slooh interface and gives a basic lesson on astronomical basics. The lesson details the sun, moon, galaxies, and the life cycle of stars. 

Here’s the Video:

Telescope Views

Slooh has ten online telescopes for members and students to explore. One of them is in the Canary Islands, so American students logged in can do astronomy in the daytime. The webcast features views from each telescope. In addition to the telescope views and lesson content available, Slooh offers a community. Both amateur and professional astronomers discuss ways of using data collected from Slooh’s network of telescopes. Additionally, a network of science educators collaborates with another through the service to share ideas and provide resources. 

Looking for More Resources?

Although Slooh’s free astronomy lesson was cool, many parents may be looking for other ways to supplement or continue their child’s learning through this time. Well, we forgive you if you don’t want a website called “Space Porn” to be your source for your kid’s education. Instead, try some of these other awesome websites for free astronomy lessons and other materials:

NASA Materials for the Classroom

Education World: Five Resources for Studying Outer Space

National Science Foundation: Astronomy & Astrophysics Classroom Resources

Khan Academy Astronomy

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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