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A suite of educational resources and programs engages the Voyage exhibition as a focal point for sustainable community-wide science education, for students, families, teachers, and the public. 

A customized tour brochure—the Outdoor Exploration Guide—enhances the visitor experience with visitor orientation, touring, and other relevant information.  The Guide includes: an overview of the Voyage exhibition, a site map, tips for self-guided touring, approaches to tactile learning using the exhibition’s secondary Tactile Model Solar System, information for teachers, and URLs allowing the visitor to Continue the Voyage at home. The Guide also facilitates use of the exhibition as a laboratory for inquiry-based exploration, by inviting the visitor to be the explorer through challenges for each stanchion.  The customized Guide is purchasable in bulk from the Center.Voyage Tour Brochure and Lessons

Extending the paradigm to the classroom, the Grade K-12 Voyage Lessons were developed from the ground up from national science education standards and benchmarks, and are comprehensive enough to be adopted by school districts as the space science curriculum. Lessons, target core standards and benchmarks through inquiry-based, hands-on activities whose objective is deep conceptual understanding of both content and process. The lessons are also meant to work in concert with a trip to the exhibition, serving as pre- and post-visit activities. Activities for Families extend the experience to the home.

A Workshop for Educators (for up to 60 attendees) on all Voyage educational materials is conducted by a science educator/planetary scientist team that provides authentic expertise in both content and pedagogy. A Presentation for Families and the Public (for 200 to 2,000) is conducted by a researcher that is passionate about her/his research on the frontier and gifted at conveying that passion to audiences of all ages. The presentation is more of a 'performance', with the audience fully engaged in helping to tell the story.

Added resources are also provided on an ongoing basis: New Voyage Lessons as they are developed; Access to the Center's Educators and Planetary Scientists; and access to Resources at the Program Web Site including materials from other organizations and announcements of opportunity for teachers and students.

Extended Programming with Journey through the Universe

Communities can obtain sustained programming on-site, and via distance learning, through Journey through the Universe, including: more expansive educator professional development; family and public programs; and Classroom Programs for 3,000 to 10,000 Grade K-20 Students.

The classroom programs are delivered by a team of researchers conducting typically 100 to 200 presentations during Journey through the Universe Week, each presentation a very personable and personal window on their life as a researcher. It is an approach revealing the very personal means by which researchers ask questions of the world, empower themselves to create a pathway to an answer, and hopefully bear witness to something new to the human race.

Tour Brochure for Washington, D.C. (PDF, 488 KB)
Overview of Grade K-2 Lessons (PDF, 320 KB)
Overview of Grade 3-4 Lessons (PDF, 324 KB)
Overview of Grade 5-8 Lessons (PDF, 360 KB)
Overview of Grade 9-12 Lessons (PDF, 304 KB)
Sample Lessons for Download: Voyage: A Journey through our Solar System Grades 5-8 (PDF, 2.1 MB)
Lesson Structure and Definitions (PDF, 482 KB)