Janet A. Mattei* AAVSO, 25 Birch Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
John R. Percy
Erindale College, University of Toronto, Mississauga ON, Canada L5L 1C6
Hands-On Astrophysics (HOA) is an educational project being developed
by the AAVSO with a grant from the National Science Foundation in the United
States. HOA contains a flexible set of hands-on educational materials, activities, and
projects based on AAVSO's unique electronic database of variable star observations.
With HOA the students will be able to experience the excitement of doing real
science with real data. By carrying out all aspects of the research process they can
develop and integrate skills in science, math, computing, and other areas.
The contents, target population, versatility of the computer program developed
for this project, and the activities of this project will be discussed.