The Hands-On Universe (HOU) project is an element of the NASA Kepler mission education and public outreach, and as such, has one of its research projects planet-finding by the transit method. To get to that level of understanding and skills, HOU has a number of preliminary investigations leading up to the climax of planet-finding research. Those investigations are part of the Global Systems Science book A Changing Cosmos and include (a) sky orientation with Kepler star wheels, (b) understanding principles of CCD cameras and image processing software, (c) astrometry, (d) photometry, (e) a side trip search for supernovae, and (f) binary star studies. HOU is also undertaking asteroid studies project in connection with the NASAWISE mission which launches November 2009.
Gould, A. (2010). Transits, Binaries, and Hands-On Universe. In J. Barnes, D. A. Smith, M. G. Gibbs, and J. G. Manning, Science Education and Outreach: Forging a Path to the Future, ASP Conference Series (Vol. 431, pp.61-69). San Francisco, CA: ASP