AAS Meeting #193 - Austin, Texas, January 1999
Session 114. Funding of Educational Initiatives in Astronomy and Space Science
Special, Oral, Saturday, January 9, 1999, 10:00-11:30am, Room 9 (A and B)

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[114.03] Interactive Astronomy Module for Museums and Schools

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

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 and in other museums across the country. 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. Complete but frozen-in-time versions of the whole Earth and Space Sciences project are made on CD ROMs and distributed to schools and museums: the CD works on both PCs and Macs. Captions and credits with WWW addresses are added to each image so that they can be used as the starting point for further learning later. This project was made possible through NASA grants from the Digital Library Technology Project and the Initiative to Develop Education through Astronomy.

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