EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING ASTRONOMY
October 2, 2010
Description: Attendees are invited to come to either the morning or afternoon session or both.
Morning Workshop: TEACHING ASTRONOMY ON THE BIG ISLAND
The scientific concepts underlying astronomy are prominent in the Hawai’i Content and Performance Standards for K-12 schools. At the same time, few K-12 teachers on the Big Island have had any formal training in teaching the astronomy topics required by the standards. Led by national experts in astronomy teaching and learning, this half-day workshop will provide K-12 teachers with a scientific review of astronomy concepts and professional development on classroom-ready materials teachers can use with their students. Gemini and TMT are collaborating to bring this contemporary workshop to K-12 teachers to increase the quantity and quality of astronomy teaching to Big Island students.
Afternoon Workshop: TELESCOPE MAKE-AND-TAKE
Telescopes play an important role in the social, cultural, and economic basis of many Big Island communities. Recent manufacturing advances in optics have brought costs and availability of high quality, personal telescopes within reach for K-12 classrooms. This half-day workshop will provide participating K-12 teachers with materials and instruction on how to construct a Galileoscope, which they will be able to take back to their classrooms with them at the end of the workshop. Gemini and TMT are collaborating to bring this contemporary workshop to K-12 teachers to increase the quantity and quality of astronomy teaching to Big Island students.
About the Facilitators: Dr. Tim Slater is an internationally recognized science education professor from the University of Wyoming. Known for his high-energy seminars and innovative teaching approaches, this expert has worked with hundreds of teachers through hand-on teaching astronomy excellence workshops. Dr. Stephanie Slater completed her doctoral studies at the University of Arizona in 2008, where her research brought together findings from the cognitive sciences and astronomy education.
Location: NELHA, Administration Bldg, Conference Center the end of OTEC Rd. (Map attached)
Registration Information; The workshop is generously sponsored by Gemini Observatory, TMT (Thirty Meter Telescope) with special thanks to Big Island Toyota, NELHA and the Mauna Kea observatories. A maximum of 70 teachers will be allowed to participate. The workshop is free and lunch will be provided.
Please contact Janice Harvey at Gemini Observatory, 974-2603, jharvey "at" gemini.edu
for further information.
To reserve space in the workshop please send an email to Andolie Marten, amarten "at" gemini.edu,
974-2531, with the following information:
Phone (cell): Phone(school):
Deadline for registration is September 20th, 2010.