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  • FIRST – Local, Regional, and National Robotics, Tech, and LEGO competitions tiered for ages 6-18 - http://www.usfirst.org/

  • JPL Invention Challenge – Open to JPL employees and contractors and their family members and students from local middle and high schools, see website for details: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/inventionchallenge/

  • Night Sky Network – Become a member of your local astronomy club: http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/club-map.cfm

  • Volunteer Networks

  • Night Sky Network – a network of astronomy clubs across the country, become a member of your local club or attend an event near you! http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/index.cfm

  • NASA Nationwide – NASA Nationwide includes volunteer opportunities such as Solar System Ambassadors, and professional development opportunities such as GLOBE Teachers: https://nnw.jpl.nasa.gov/

  • TransitSearch – amateur astronomers can detect and log their own transit data. http://www.oklo.org/transitsearch/

  • Educator Professional Development

  • Center for Astronomy Education – dedicated to research on teaching and learning, and professional development for the Astro 101 community, CAE offers workshops around the country and an interactive community for introductory astronomy educators. http://astronomy101.jpl.nasa.gov/

  • Project ASTRO - Project ASTRO™ is a national program that improves the teaching of astronomy and physical science by linking professional and amateur astronomers with local educators. http://www.astrosociety.org/education/astro/project_astro.html

  • Galileo Teacher Training Program – training in the effective use and transfer of astronomy education tools and resources into classroom science curricula. http://www.site.galileoteachers.org/

  • NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP) – teachers involved in authentic astronomical research! http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/cosmic_classroom/teacher_research/

  • Exoplanet Learning

  • As a first stop, check out our interactives and the Alien vs. Editor blog (leave a question or comment while you’re there!)

  • Exoplanets.org – All things exoplanets including data and plotting tools. http://exoplanet.eu/catalog.php

  • Kepler – NASA’s leading exoplanet finding mission is full of math and science resources and breaking exoplanet news. kepler.nasa.gov

  • Habitable Zone Gallery – where can find earth-like planets? This gallery uses real data to draw habitable zones around stars. http://web.ipac.caltech.edu/staff/skane/hzgallery/about.html

  • The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia – data on exoplanet discoveries http://web.ipac.caltech.edu/staff/skane/hzgallery/about.html

  • Alien Earths – traveling exhibition and exoplanet education materials. http://www.alienearths.org/index.php

  • SETI Astrobiology Web – Learn about the science of and search for extraterrestrial life. http://www.astrobiology.com/seti.html

  • Our Favorite Places for Projects and Activities

  • Family Astro – astronomy activities for kids and families to explore at home. http://www.astrosociety.org/education/family.html

  • Cool Cosmos – astronomy projects and activities for home and the classroom, Ask an Astronomer, amazing images, and more. http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/

  • ASP AstroShop – Classroom and home activities to explore the universe. http://www.astrosociety.org/astroshop/

  • NASA Core – NASA astronomy activities. http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/core/home/index.html

  • NASA Educator Resource Center Network – Find a NASA Educator Resource Center near you. These centers are stocked with materials, activities, and, most importantly, an expert in NASA resources. http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/ercn/home/index.html

  • NASA Teaching Materials Finder – locate online resources for all things NASA http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/ercn/home/index.html

  • SpaceMath – Educator-approved math resources for all grade levels http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov/

  • PUMAS – Practical Uses of Math and Science, NASA activities covering a broad range of topics. https://pumas.gsfc.nasa.gov/