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Session 4 - The WWW and Astronomy Education.
Display session, Monday, January 13
Metropolitan Ballroom,

[4.08] Educational WWW sites on a CD-ROM

J. S. Allen (HEASARC (Hughes STX), NASA/GSFC), L. A. Whitlock (HEASARC (USRA), NASA/GSFC)

The High-Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC) has developed two educational World Wide Web sites. The High-Energy Astrophysics Learning Center provides information about X-ray and gamma-ray astronomy for middle school to college readers. It also includes a "Teacher's Corner" with lesson plans using actual satellite data, as well as other educator resources. The second site, StarChild, is a general astronomy and space exploration site geared for elementary schools.

From the start, our intention was to achieve high visibility with teachers and students. However, given the significant number of users and institutions which do not have high-speed (or any!) WWW access, we knew that another way to distribute the information to our target audience would be required. Our solution has been to create a CD-ROM version of our sites which will be freely distributed to the educational community.

There were several factors which have governed the creation of the CD-ROM, e.g. the need for platform independence. These issues, and our solutions to them, are presented.

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