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Other EPO Programs Using Real Data

There are many other programs out there that get teachers and/or students in contact with real astronomy data. Here are the ones we know about. Please let us know if you know of one not listed here.  Please note that some of these programs may have suffered in this budget environment and are no longer operating (though website activities may be still available).  We also maintain a separate list of other somewhat simpler opportunities that might be suitable for, say, K-6 teachers.

Astronomy Programs for Teachers and Students

All of these programs aimed at educators and students up through grade 13; there are many more opportunities to get your hands on real data in college. Also note that the programs are very roughly sorted by wavelength; the wavelength regime as listed is often the primary but not the only data used in the program.

Public-web-access robotic telescopes

Astronomy Citizen Science

Originally grabbed from here, which has a much better (if possibly dated) list, with a description for each project.

These programs all involve the use of real data on the forefront of astronomical research, but are "packaged" so as to make accessing the real data far more easy (e.g., entirely web browser-based) than it might be otherwise. These projects are a great way to start to get into real data. Many offer "hooks" to get into the research questions at a deeper level when you are ready. Many have lesson plans ready-to-go.

Even Bigger Projects

Things that need more of a time commitment, e.g., your own observatory (not a 3-inch Walmart telescope, but not a 3.5 meter either):

Summer research opportunities for high school students

Most of these at the high school level cost money; a few pay the student. At the college level, there are many opportunities where the student gets paid.

Places to publish for high school students

We're back from the Jan 2019 AAS and we had a grand time!