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Technological Horizons in Higher Education Journal


1105 Media Inc.

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For centuries, astronomy has captured the imagination and focus of some of history's greatest philosophers.Indeed, the colorful pictures available via the WWW from satellite observatories are inspirational for both their intriguing beauty and scientific insight. However, the task of matching beauty and science is often as difficult as marrying industry and education. Despite the challenge of combining very different professional cultures, the Yohkoh Public Outreach Project (YPOP)represents a dynamic and fruitful collaboration for both science and education. Five faculty and graduate students at Montana State University, six industrial scientists at Lockheed Martin Space and Astrophysics Laboratory in Palo Alto, Calif., and six elementary and secondary school teachers from across the country partnered to create the entity known as YPOP (pronounced Why-Pop). This article describes the lessons we have learned in conducting this collaborative project.


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