Advanced Teen Astronomy Camp
June 22, 2011 @ 12:00 am - June 30, 2011 @ 12:00 am EDT
Now in their 24th year of operation, Astronomy Camps are weeklong adventures in “DOING” science using astronomy as a teaching and discovery tool. Students become astronomers operating large telescopes (16”, 20”, 90”, 12-meter diameter), keeping nighttime hours, interacting with leading scientists, and interpreting their own observations. The Camps are held in the unique mountain environment of Kitt Peak National Observatory southwest of Tucson. Students undertake research projects at multiple wavelengths and work together in teams and with Camp staff (faculty, postdocs, graduate students). They will observe, record, and monitor a wide range of celestial objects and learn first-hand about astronomy, physics, mathematics, and engineering. Daytime activities hands-on projects involving science and engineering as well as talks on modern astronomical topics and space art, field trips, group research projects, etc. Career opportunities are modeled and discussed by University faculty and by both undergraduate and graduate student counselors. No prior knowledge of astronomy is necessary. Partial need-based scholarships are available.