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Session 4 - The WWW and Astronomy Education.
Display session, Monday, January 13
Metropolitan Ballroom,

[4.10] Interactive Astronomy Module for Museums and Schools

I. A. Smith, P. H. Reiff, E. P. Liang, C. Law (Rice U), C. Sumners (Houston Museum of Natural Sciences), R. W. Sumners (U.T. Austin)

To educate visitors about the Earth and Space Sciences, Rice University and the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences have set up interactive computer kiosks in the museum. We developed an astronomy module for this that contains recent and archival astronomical images that we download from sites on the World Wide Web. The main kiosk in the museum has an internet connection to our computers at Rice, allowing us to remotely update it on the same day that new results appear on the WWW. During this year, versions of the whole Earth and Space Sciences project will be made on CD ROMs and distributed to schools. At the meeting, we will display a stand-alone portable kiosk that contains the complete Space Update package. We will also have a laptop dedicated to the astronomy module.

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