Higher Education Resources

Higher Education

All the faculty members associated with Space Grant teach undergraduate and/or graduate level courses in astronomy, planetary geosciences, and other STEM disciplines.

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An online journal and educational site sharing the latest research by NASA-sponsored scientists on meteorites, asteroids, planets, moons, and other materials in our Solar System.

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The site offers PowerPoint slide presentations that provide extraterrestrial examples of terrestrial topics. These are relevant to courses in geochemistry, mineralogy, petrology, and introductory geology. Reference papers and background are given in the notes pages of the presentations.

Space Grant-affiliated personnel have been involved in planning University-level courses, for example:

U. H. Mānoa, Department of Earth Sciences.

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Offered Spring semesters to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students as well as in-service teachers and workers in the community. The course covers the basics of image generation, collection, and processing, the principles of reflected and emitted energy, synthetic aperture radar, and applications of all these to solving geological problems. A computer-intensive lab gives hands-on experience in applying the topics covered in lectures.

U. H. Mānoa, Department of Earth Sciences.

Geospatial Information
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For upper-level undergraduate and graduate students as well as in-service teachers and workers in the community. The course builds on GG 460 and adds the concepts of high-precision GPS for the collection of field data and collating both the field-derived and image-based data into a Geographical Information System (GIS).

U. H. Mānoa, Department of Earth Sciences.

Petrology of the Moon and Mars
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Graduate-level course covers the mineralogical and compositional characteristics of extraterrestrial matter and the implications for the origin and history of the Solar System.

U. H. Hilo, Department of Education.

Special Topics in Education
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Usually offered Fall semesters, this course for pre-service and in-service teachers explores issues and strategies for the development of a space science curriculum. Partnerships with cultural practitioners and astronomers will be included as well as standards for student performance.

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