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January 2006

Astrophysics Science Project: Integrating Research and Education (ASPIRE)
Science lessons and interactive labs from the University of Utah.
Grade Level: 9-12

This innovative and interactive science education website provides inquiry-based lesson plans and fun interactive labs that were created by teachers for teachers. Registration is required for full access but it is free.
The ASPIRE Lab is well designed with a left side menu that organizes content into two main areas for teachers and students. Featured lessons are listed in the main section of the homepage. Lessons may be sorted by title or by technology, i.e., Flash or Java. Many of the lessons are available in Spanish as well as English.

Students and teachers will find the ASPIRE Lab to be a rich resource for teaching and learning about such topics as cosmic rays, force, gas particles, kinetic energy, lunar phases, machines, momentum, the night sky, refraction, the scientific method, seasons, seismic waves, stars, the angle of the sun, and many more. The site features interactive lessons that are designed by teachers for teachers to use in the classroom with their students. With the free registration, teachers gain access to the tools such as the Quiz Manager, which enables students to take quizzes that have been created by their teachers, submit their questions to be answered by a real scientist, or learn about careers by reading interviews with scientists in the fields of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics.


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