ERIC Number: ED421360
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
AstroCappella: A Musical Exploration of the Universe. Activities and Information To Accompany the AstroCappella CD. Grades 7-12.
Boyd, Padi; Granger, Kara C.; Smale, Alan
AstroCappella combines the love of music with the love of astronomy. The booklet contains hands-on activities that can be done in the classroom coupled with rocking, high-energy, professionally recorded and produced songs written and performed by an established vocal band. The lesson plans help students learn how convection works, how radio telescopes work, how a payload landing is protected on another planet, and what scientists learn by looking for x-rays from the skies. Students build and test a type of communication system called a parabolic dish receiver, demonstrate the Doppler effect, model the preparation needed for a soft landing on a planet or object in space, learn about the technique known as sampling, examine convection in a bowl of soup, and learn about high energy astronomy. AstroCapella song lyrics are included. (DDR)
Descriptors: Astronomy, Computer Software, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Hands on Science, Interdisciplinary Approach, Music, Physics, Science Activities, Science Curriculum
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Code 660.2, Greenbelt, MD 20771 (CD and accompanying booklet free to educators).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Greenbelt, MD. Goddard Space Flight Center.