AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 112 Astronomy Teaching Through Humanities
Poster, Wednesday, January 12, 2005, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[112.06] Songs of the Universe - The AstroCappella Project

P. T. Boyd (UMBC, NASA/GSFC), K. M. Smale (SP Systems, Inc., NASA/GSFC), A. P. Smale (The Chromatics)

The AstroCappella Project is a classroom-ready collection of upbeat pop songs, lesson plans, and background information, all rich in science content. It was developed as a collaboration between working research astronomers, educators, and a contemporary vocal band. A multimedia music CD ("AstroCappella 2.0") has been produced containing 13 astronomically correct songs with original lyrics and music. Song topics range from the Sun, Moon, planets and small bodies of the Solar System, through the Doppler shift, the nearest stars, and extra-solar planets, to radio astronomy, X-ray astronomy, and the Hubble Space Telescope and Swift astronomy satellites. The CD also contains extensive CD-ROM materials including science background information, curriculum notes, lesson plans and activities for each song, images, movies, and slide shows. The songs and accompanying information have been extensively field-tested, and align to the K-12 National Science Education Standards. The AstroCappella materials are in widespread use in classrooms and homes across the US, and are supplemented with frequent live performances and teacher workshops. We describe here the history, content, and educational strategy behind the AstroCappella Project, and the plans for its future development.

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