Scavenger Hunt Teacher Notes

This project is a fun introduction to SkyServer and to the types of objects astronomers study. Students go on a “scavenger hunt” with the SkyServer Navigation tool, looking for 20 objects in a specified amount of time. Students learn about stars, galaxies, and asteroids, and learn how the magnitude scale provides a quantitative measure of how bright a star or galaxy is.

  • Overview gives a description of the project, its target audience, and the concepts it teaches
  • Background gives scientific background about the project, including references, to help you answer student questions
  • Lesson Plan gives all the information you will need to teach this project in your classroom
  • Teaching Tips gives specific advice on how to use each stage of the project
  • Assessment gives ideas for evaluating student work
  • Standards links this project to national science, math, and technology standards.