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Tutorials

The AAVSO is building a suite of tutorials and documents aimed at those with absolutely no experience with variable stars and very little astronomical experience of any kind. These tutorials walk you through a basic concept of variable star science and then provide a list of challenges to apply the concepts.

Contact us when you have completed a tutorial and we will mail you a certificate.

H-R Diagram Education Materials

Our own Donna Young has created an educational activity about variable stars on the HR Diagram. The activity is designed for formal K-16 educators and includes a teacher's guide, background material, student activities and answer keys.

However, the activity is also a great learning tool for those new to variable stars. It will introduce many of the most important types of variable stars and describe how they are related to other types. The genius of HR Diagrams is how they place everything in context of the grand scheme of things.

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Exoplanets and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

 Variable Stars and the Stories They Tell:  

Exoplanets and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

by Dale Bryant   

Science Olympiad-2015

JAAVSO: Yours to Discover -- and Create

From John Percy, Editor, JAAVSO:

Citizen Sky Research Paper Published

A science education research paper, 'Changes in participants' scientific attitudes and epistemological beliefs during an astronomical citizen science project', written by Aaron Price and Hee-Sun Lee has been published in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST).

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