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Windows to the Universe
Windows to the Universe is a user-friendly learning system pertaining to the Earth and Space sciences. The objective of this project is to develop an innovative and engaging web site that spans the Earth and Space sciences and includes a rich array of documents, including images, movies, animations, and data sets that explore the Earth and Space sciences and the historical and cultural ties between science, exploration, and the human experience. Some of the main resource areas of the site are Our Planet, Our Solar System, The Universe, Myths, Art, Books and Films, Space Missions, People, Headline Universe, Cool Stuff, Data, Geology, Life, and Ask a Scientist. Each topic links to numerous facts, figures, and related sites. There are beginner, intermediate, and advanced options for each topic level. Multiple search engines allow the user to browse by keyword, by educational standards, and the Ask a Scientist archives. Special sections are reserved for kids, with games and fun activities, and teacher's resources, such as a workbook and lesson plans. Updates to Windows to the Universe occur on a regular basis, so resource users are invited to revisit the site regularly to see the resources grow and change.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • Informal
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
    • Lab activity
  • Visual:
    • Photograph
  • Text:
    • Book
  • Portal:
    • Educational
  • Services:
    • Ask an expert
  • Atmospheric science
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Geophysics
  • History and philosophy of science
  • Hydrology
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Physical oceanography
  • Physics
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
QuickTime plug-in
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). Copyright 1995-1999, 2000 The Regents of the University of Michigan; Copyright 2000-01 University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. All Rights Reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-000-886
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: University Corporation of Atmospheric Research, Windows to the Universe Team

Principal Investigator: Dr Roberta M Johnson

Author: Dr Roberta M Johnson

Author: Dr Claudia J. Alexander

Author: Ms Jennifer Joy Leonard

Contributor: Mr Christopher Ryan Deardorff

Author: Dr Janet Kozyra
University of Michigan Space Physics Research Laboratory

Contributor: Dr Jon Linker