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Bringing Galileo and NASA into the Classroom

by rochelle on Dec. 20th, 2011 No Comments

      A Hands-on Astronomy Workshop for Teachers
      in Grades 3 – 9

A NASA Galileo Educator Network workshop presented by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Dates: Saturday, January 21, 2012, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm; Thursday, February 9, 2012, 4:30 – 8:00 pm; and Thursday, March 8, 2012, 4:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: RAFT (Resource Area for Teachers), 1355 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA

Become a Galileo Educator through this 15-hour professional development opportunity for teachers. This workshop emphasizes inquiry‐based strategies and the nature and practice of science. Follow‐up sessions expand learning through active participation and networking with other educators.

Workshop participants will explore:

  • Classroom tested, standards-based, hands-on astronomy activities (on such topics as the phases of the Moon, the planets, the scale of the solar system, etc.)
  • Galileo‐themed science inquiry and space science content with NASA resources
  • The development of student reasoning and how to help students think like scientists
  • How telescopes work and how they changed our perception of the universe
  • Adapting resources and activities to include more reflection on the nature and practice of science

No background in astronomy is required; both new and veteran teachers will learn new ideas and techniques from the workshop.

Cost:$30 for RAFT members; $45 for non­members; 1.5 CEU available for $90 participants will receive a Galileoscope telescope kit (retail $49.95) and the astronomy teaching resource guide The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 (retail $29.95); lunch on Jan. 21 is provided

To Register: Visit the RAFT webpage or, for more information, send an email to: gttp@astrosociety.org

Special Note: This is a three-part workshop; to participate you must attend all three sessions.

Founded in 1889, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific is the largest and most active astronomy education organization in the U.S., devoted to improving scientific literacy through astronomy.

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