Stanford SOLAR Center,
HEPL-B208, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA, 94305-4085
A six day introduction to Solar Science for middle school students. The purpose is to
show students how astronomers study the sun. Students will be introduced to
properties of light and build their own spectroscope to study the
spectra of elements that are found in the sun. On the final day, a Stanford or Lockheed Solar Astronomer will visit the class and allow the
students to look through a portable solar telescope and answer questions.
Day 1: What do we know about the Sun?
Day 2: Building a Spectroscope
Day 3: Calibrate Spectroscope
Day 4: Observing Light
Day 5: Analyzing Light & View Solar Video
Day 6: Solar Astronomer Visit
NOTE: V1.3 Disclaimer Originally designed as part of an IDEAS grant between Stanford (SOHO/SOI) and the Chabot Observatory/Science Center to target middle school students in the Oakland Unified School District. Materials were made directly available to the teachers and students in OUSD. Other schools can order the kits from the Stanford SOLAR Center via email or by regular mail to the address above. For schools in other districts, you might contact the local university or astronomy club to get a visiting amateur or professional astronomer to come to your classroom.