NASA Kepler Mission educational materials
developed at Lawrence Hall of Science:

  • Planetarium Programs - the LHS Planetarium produced the audience participation program Strange Planets that is now part of our Planetarium Activities for Successful Shows (PASS). We also produced three Kepler Mini-shows (~15 minutes in length): Hunting for Water; Inside the Zodiac; and Searching for Other Earths.

  • Entrance to Alien Earths exhibit at Lawrence Hall of ScienceAlien Earths Transit exhibit at Lawrence Hall of Science
  • Museum Exhibit Alien Earths - LHS Exhibits staff participated in development of the major museum exhibit "Alien Earths" and LHS was the pilot venue for the exhibit in a series of exhibition sites coordinated through ASTC.

  • LEGO orrery
  • Table-top Models - We developed a few versions of models to simulate what the Kepler Mission does. The models consisted of an orrery (model planet system), a light (model star), and a computer with light sensor and software to analyze changes in the light's brightness as the model planets orbit. Different orreries were made from LEGO parts, K'NEX parts, and a commercially available FOSS Orrery that is used in the FOSS middle school Planetary Science course.

  • Kepler Starwheel
  • Kepler Starwheel - a do-it-yourself adjustable star map that shows where in the sky Kepler was pointing during its primary 4-year data collection time period. It also shows sky positions of naked-eye stars with exoplanets. It is based on the Lawrence Hall of Science's Star Wheels.  

  • Computer Interactives - 
    • Exoplanet Transit Hunt, a simulation that illustrates how the transit method of planet-finding works and how properties of planets can be calculated from observed drops in brightness of a star. Users select a star to observe, measure its brightness changes, and analyze those changes to determine an exoplanet's size, orbit period, and even its chances of being habitable. [This is a Flash application. To be able to run it on Apple mobile devices, use Puffin browser.Archive version.
    • LightGrapher, (a Flash application created by UCB undergraduate staff) - allows a computer's camera or webcam to be used as a free light sensor to go with a table top orrery for transit technique simulations. 
  • Website - LHS staff person Alan Gould was the webmaster for the Kepler Mission Education website ( that included sections for Kepler News, Table of Kepler Discoveries, Computer Interactives, MultimediaArtwork including the Kepler Art Contest, Handouts & Posters, Presentations, Podcasts, Radio Shows (StarDate), Kepler Awards, and Education Materials. View the website archive.

  • Curriculum Projects

Subpages (1): Kepler News Archive