For Teachers

So you’re interested in teaching astrobiology?

Welcome to the club! Astrobiology is a growing and vibrant field that aims to address some of the most fundamental scientific questions about the origin, evolution, and future of life in the universe.

As a highly interdisciplinary field, astrobiology is a particularly effective avenue for introducing students to a wide variety of scientific and engineering disciplines such as astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental sciences, and aeronautics. By focusing on topics such as space exploration and the search of life in extreme (perhaps extraterrestrial) environments, astrobiology has a natural tendency to inspire and foster students’ enthusiasm in science and learning in general.

  • VPL works to develop and distribute helpful resources to astrobiology educators across the country and around the world. Visit our archive of VPL-developed teaching resources and check back for updates and new materials.
  • For a general collection of astrobiology-related teaching materials, please visit our partners on the UW Astrobiology Program's Education & Outreach website.

If you would like more information about our outreach activities or would be interested in having a VPL scientist visit your classroom, professional meeting, or other organization, contact the the Virtual Planetary Laboratory: naivpl@uw.edu.