Lesson Plans, Activities & Programs for Informal Education
- Life Cycle Of a Massive Star Activity - String beads on a bookmark to represent the stages a massive star goes through during its life cycle: Bookmark (pdf) and Activity (pdf).
- Build-It-Yourself: Satellite! - An educational game for high school and college age students, where they get to be the scientist by building their own satellite. Approved by the NASA Education Product review.
- Scope It Out! - An educational game for middle and high school students, which compares a simple telescope to both the James Webb Space Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope. Approved by the NASA Education Product review. Lesson plans available.
- Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum - Exploring Telescopes Discovery Station (pdf) - A set of telescope-themed activities designed for the informal-education setting. Features the James Webb Space Telescope, and includes contributions by educators Ryan Hannahoe and Peter Detterline.
- Webb Telescope Fun Pad (pdf) - a fun pad of activities for children ages 5-10, as well as basic information about the telescope.
- NASA e-Clips - a site of short, educational videos. This link will take you to the ones about the James Webb Space Telescope, be sure to check out Launchpad: Cryogenics - The Cold Hard Facts.
Informal Education from Our Partner Institutions
- Build the Webb's Mirror - An activity from Ball Aerospace to learn about how the Webb's mirror is segmented. For younger children.
- Everything Emits Infrared Energy - Even You! - An activity from Ball Aerospace to learn about infrared energy/light.
- Webb coloring page (.pdf) - A picture of Web, from Ball Aerospace, that can be printed out and colored in.
Links to other Education & Outreach Resources
- Space Place: A set of web-based activities, games, crafts, information and learning activities from the NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab made available for all to enjoy.
- Cool Cosmos: Learn more about infrared light, astronomy, and the world around us. Spectacular images, fun games, resources for educators, and more!
- StarChild: Cosmology/Big Bang information (For K-6: Level 1, Level 2.)
- ESA Kids