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Educational Activities - Updated to version 161-ED for 2012
 
Note:
These Activities must be used with Celestia161-ED only. They will not work with earlier Celestia versions!

Imagine being able to give students the ability to take control of their own "hyperdrive" spacecraft and fly to any part of our amazing universe they wish, at any time in history. Navigate through a vista of galaxies, stars, nebula, black holes, planets, dwarf planets, moons, asteroids, comets and spacecraft. Envision their excitement in hearing realistic sounds present at places they visit. Then, consider being provided a comprehensive written Astronomy lesson in what they were seeing and hearing!

Welcome to Celestia Educational Activities for 2012! Completely revised to utilize the graphic power of the latest version of Celestia, these lessons incorporate new advances to our knowledge of the universe, and our solar system within it. They provide users the ability to personally navigate above the surfaces of stars, visit rotating black holes, fly into nebula, pass through Saturn's rings, follow spacecraft as they make history, dock with a giant space station of the future, witness erupting volcanoes on Io, see our newest dwarf planets, study the life of stars, or consider the formation of our moon billions of years ago. Celestia Educational Activities represent 12 detailed tours of space to over 400 exciting destinations.

The Activities have been updated for use with a customized version of Celestia 1.6.1-ED. You must use this version before taking any journey. It will install into a different folder and will not interfere with any other Celestia installation you may have. If you have an older version of Celestia-ED, we recommend you uninstall it.

Each journey consists of a comprehensive set of addon files, plus an Activity Flight Plan document written in MS Word format and a Student Worksheet that can be printed and completed for a grade. The Activity document will guide you through the complete journey and gives you all instructions for operating Celestia161-ED. Activity journeys are comprehensive and range from 1 hour to 4 hours per journey. They represent over 40 hours of space exploration and are ideal for home or school computer lab use in grades 7 - 12 (ages 12 - 18) and in introductory college courses in Astronomy.

These Activities require the use of Microsoft Word 2002 or later, or Openoffice 3.0 or later. OpenOffice is available for free by clicking here.

Celestia Educational Activities are currently available only for Windows 98, XP, Vista, and Windows 7. If you are a teacher using these Activities in a classroom or school computer lab, or are a home user who wishes a simple and trouble-free installation, we request that you obtain our convenient Celestia Educational Activities 2-CD set or DVD. They will effortlessly autoinstall onto your computer, school server or a full classroom of computers. No downloading, unzipping or sequential installation is needed. The CD set and DVD are available for sale for a very modest fee. To order, please visit this page: Celestia Educational Activities Purchase, or you can email the author at fsgregs@comcast.net.

Celesta Educational Activities are also available for free from the links listed below. They are provided as zipped files totaling 2.6 GB and must be downloaded, unzipped and installed sequentially.

Directions for Installation:

If you obtain the CD set or DVD from the above link, simply place the CD or DVD into your computer drive and it will auto-install. Enclosed with the installation is a detailed Introductory Guide for 2012 that explains exactly how to set up and use the Activities in an educational classroom or computer lab.

If you wish to obtain the Activities free from the links below, please do the following for a trouble-free installation:

1. Download the Letter to Users & Educators for 2012 and read it for further guidance on installation and use of the Activities.

2. Download and install the main program file named Celestia161-ED-WIN.zip listed below. Unzip it, then double-click on the installation file. It will install into your C: drive in a program folder named "Celestia161-ED". Please leave that folder in place and do not change its name. All Activity documents and files must install only into Celestia161-ED.

3. Download the Educational Base Package, and unzip it directly into your Celestia161-ED folder.

4. Select one or more Educational Activities, download and unzip them directly into the Celestia161-ED folder.

5. Open an Activity document of your choice (located in the Educational-Activities folder of Celestia161-ED), and enjoy the educational power of Celestia to showcase the universe.

Enjoy.

For questions, comments or further inquiries, contact Frank Gregorio at: fsgregs@comcast.net


Educational
Screenshot File Size Creator Info
click to see screenshot Introductory Guide
(english-us) Letter to Users & Educators DOC
(dutch) Introductie Handleiding DOC
(dutch) Gebruikershandleiding DOC
(dutch) Gebruikershandleiding PDF

1.3M
1.4M
4.9M
2.2M
Frank Gregorio
Dutch by Marco Klunder
Contains a general outline of our Educational Activities and how to install and use them at home or in a classroom. Please download and read this first! More information about this addon
click to see screenshot (english-us) Celestia-1.6.1-ED
644M
Frank Gregorio
Vincent Giangiulio
A Customized Windows version of Celestia 1.6.1 designed to operate with all Educational Activities. This must be installed into the Celestia-ED folder and used with all educational activities on a Windows computer (XP, Win 7 & 8). More information about this addon
click to see screenshot (english-us) Educational Base Package
1.2G
Frank Gregorio
Contains everything REQUIRED for use of the Educational Activities. Please install this package into your Celestia-ED folder before installing any of the educational activities below. More information about this addon
click to see screenshot (english-us) The World of Celestia
(dutch) Wereld van Celestia
119M
1.2M
Frank Gregorio
Dutch by Marco Klunder
A spectacular introductory showcase journey through Celestia space. Explore over 40 separate destinations.
 More information about this addon
click to see screenshot (english-us) Activities 1&2 - The Universe
(dutch) Activiteit 1&2 - Het heelal
113M
792K
Frank Gregorio
Dutch by Marco Klunder
A detailed educational tour of the size and wonders of our Universe from Earth to beyond the Milky Way with stops at planets, moons, stars, nebula, black holes and galaxies. This Activity can serve as a primary/key teaching tool on this topic. More information about this addon
click to see screenshot (english-us) Activity 3 - Inner Solar System
(dutch) Activiteit 3 - Binnenste Zonnestelsel
97M
2.2M
Frank Gregorio
Dutch by Marco Klunder
Educational Activity 3 - The Inner Solar System. A basic journey through the inner Solar System, with stops at the Sun, the inner planets, their moons and selected spacecraft. More information about this addon
click to see screenshot (english-us) Activity 3E - Inner Solar System - Extended
(dutch) Activiteit 3E - Binnenste Zonnestelsel (Uitgebreid)
98M
3.3M
Frank Gregorio
Dutch by Marco Klunder
The Inner Solar System (Extended). An extended tour of the inner Solar System. More information about this addon
click to see screenshot (english-us) Activity 4 - Outer Solar System
(dutch) Activiteit 4 - Buitenste Zonnestelsel
12M
2M
Frank Gregorio
Dutch by Marco Klunder
Educational Activity 4 - The Outer Solar System. A basic journey through the outer Solar System, with stops at the asteroids, the outer planets, their moons, comets and selected spacecraft. More information about this addon
click to see screenshot (english-us) Activity 4E - Outer Solar System - Extended
(dutch) Activiteit 4E - Buitenste Zonnestelsel (Uitgebreid)
46M
2.3M
Frank Gregorio
Dutch by Marco Klunder
The Outer Solar System (Extended). An extended tour of the outer Solar System. More information about this addon
click to see screenshot (english-us) Activity 5 - The Terraforming of Mars
(dutch) Activiteit 5 - De Terravorming van Mars
107M
1.5M
Frank Gregorio
Dutch by Marco Klunder
The Terra forming of Mars is an amazing educational journey into the 26th century to witness the Terra forming of Mars into an Earth-like, colonized world. More information about this addon
click to see screenshot (english-us) Activity 6 - The Life and Death of Stars
(dutch) Activiteit 6 - Sterren
138M
1.3M
Frank Gregorio
Dutch by Marco Klunder
A detailed tour of the complete life cycle of stars from nebula through black holes. We visit 27 separate locations.
 More information about this addon
click to see screenshot (english-us) Activity 7 - Spacecraft, part 1
(dutch) Activiteit 7 - De ruimtevaartuigen, Deel 1
54M
3.5M
Frank Gregorio
Dutch by Marco Klunder
This is part 1 of the Spacecraft of Celestia. It visits many of the spacraft launched in the vicinity of Earth and Moon orbit.
 More information about this addon
click to see screenshot (english-us) Activity 8 - Spacecraft, part 2
(dutch) Activiteit 8 - De ruimtevaartuigen, Deel 2
118M
3.1M
Frank Gregorio
Dutch by Marco Klunder
This is part 2 of the spacecraft of Celestia. It visits over 20 spacecraft and probes launched to explore our other planets, moons, asteroids, comets and the sun.
 More information about this addon
click to see screenshot (english-us) Activity 9 - The Primitive Earth and Moon
(dutch) Activiteit 9 - De Oeroude Aarde en Maan
259M
732K
Frank Gregorio
Dutch by Marco Klunder
A spectacular journey back in time to witness a massive collision of a planet with earth and the reformation of a new earth, and our moon.
 More information about this addon
click to see screenshot (english-us) Activity 10 - The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
(dutch) Activiteit 10 - De Zoektocht naar Buitenaardse Intelligentie
300M
3.8M
Frank Gregorio
Dutch by Marco Klunder
This activity investigates the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence. More information about this addon
click to see screenshot Conjunctions and Occultations ED v1.4b
(english) EN161-2014 ED SSC/CELX
(dutch) NL161-2014 ED SSC/CELX

1.2M
1.2M
Marco Klunder
These scripts take you on a journey through space and time to demonstrate the
principle of Conjunctions. It especially serves an Educational purpose, for users of all ages, at home, in school or in a public presentation. More information about this addon




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