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In the summer of 2014, a team of educators and education professionals reviewed the hundreds of lessons and content pages collected in the education section of this site. Our Web team also completed detailed analysis of several years of usage statistics to see how visitors were using the site.

The Conclusion: Most visitors come to this section to find NASA lessons, but Information clutter made useful materials hard to find.

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Download the evaluation report (PDF, 745 KB)

The Solution: A streamlined, focused education section that provides a best of selection of planetary science and math lessons. The lessons in our database were selected for their educational quality and potential alignment to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

We hope you find this new tool useful. We'll continue refining based on your feedback.


My favorite lessons are gone. What happened?
Many old favorites had outdated content or could not be aligned to the NGSS. Since the goal of this project was to provide a fast, focused search, we made the hard choice to remove them. Some may still be available in the NASA Wavelength Digital Library.

How were the lessons chosen?
The initial pool of almost 300 lessons were chosen by NASA's Year of the Solar System team in 2010. A special evaluation team reviewed the lessons in June 2014 and pared it down to what you see on the site.

Each lesson has a rubric attached that describes the evaluation process and, in some cases, makes recommendations for improvement. (Sample Rubric (Word, 36 KB))

I want more choices. Where do I go?
The NASA Wavelength Digital Library is a massive database of educational resources with powerful search tools to find what you need.

What if I want to nominate a lesson?
Please do. Provide a link via our contact form and we'll take a look.

What happened to the Year of the Solar System site?
The Year of the Solar System ran from October 2010 to August 2012 (a Martian year). The content was kept online for several years, but our evaluation of usage statistics indicated it was no longer being actively used. The best lessons are still available in the Fast Lesson Finder. Visit our planets and missions sections for background information and resources to supplement your classroom lessons.

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Last Updated: 28 Oct 2014