Image of the Astronomy Village: Investigating the Universe logo.
Button that takes you to the order form.
Button that takes you to the Main page.Button that takes you to the Investigations.
Image that says "Check out the Village."

Image of the Orientation Center.
The Orientation Center includes two major activities. First, students tour the village through a combination of computer graphics and audio and video clips. Next, students try introductory activities that show how to use the facilities, tools, and resources.
Image of the Conference Room.
The Conference Room contains the 10 research questions that teachers may assign or students may select.
Image of the Obervatory.
The Observatory has a simulated telescope control panel to take images of various objects at a variety of wavelengths. It simulates observation from a variety of sites. Students can also browse through an archive of more than 300 images.
Image of the Library.
The Library contains an electronic catalog and search tools, the illustrated COTF Times newspaper, and a collection of NASA publications on various aspects of astronomy. There are also 150 articles in the library.
Image of the Computer Lab.
The Computer Lab gives students access to an image processing program, simulation program, simulated e-mail, and telecommunications program that connect students to the NASA Classroom of the Future™ and NASA SpaceLink.
Image of the Hands-On Lab.
The Hands-On Lab contains directions for conducting experiments on and off the computer. There are more than 25 hands-on experiments that teach, illustrate, or reinforce astronomical concepts.
Image of the Auditorium.
The Auditorium provides students with 5 to 10 minute talks by astronomers, presented by means of audio recordings, illustrative computer graphics, video clips, and images.
Image of the Cafeteria.
The Cafeteria is used by students to overhear astronomers informally talking about why they chose astronomy as a career, what being an astronomer is like, and what it means to be engaged in scientific inquiry. Many of the conversations, menus, and wall decorations are meant to be humorous.
Image of the Press Conference.
The Press Conference at the end of each investigation lets students answer questions from the press. Sometimes the simplest questions are the hardest to answer!

In addition to these buildings, Astronomy Village provides four meta-tools that students can access from any location:
Image of the Student Log Book.
The Student Log Book holds notes and drawings. Students cut and paste text from resources within the village.
Image of the Calculator.
The Calculator is a standard scientific calculator.
Image of the Village Map.
The Village Map is a bird's-eye view of the village. Students can click on the image of a particular facility to go there.
Image of the Help icon.
The Help icon in the toolbar takes students to an index of help titles specific to their particular location.

Button that takes you to the order form. Button that takes you to the Main page.Button that takes you to the Investigations.


Image of NASA logo that takes you to the NASA home page.

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