Introducing and guiding students in astronomy can be a daunting task with so much space to cover, new discoveries being made almost daily, and so many disciplines needed to master the subject.
Starting with simple charts, or "sky maps," and progressing to maps of the known universe constructed from cosmic microwave background data, workshop participants will experience how to introduce basic astronomy topics to middle school students, learn techniques to explore concepts of large scale spatial structures, and practice guiding students in their mental transformations of astronomical objects and space.
Strategies for supporting open ended exploration for more advanced students will also be presented. Participants will draw, dance, and use mathematical skills, scientific experimentation, in-situ telescope and on-line observations of solar system and deep space objects. A review of recent literature and a link list to online resources will be provided.
Registration is limited to the first 20 registrants.
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