Teacher Workshop: In the Footsteps of Galileo
July 30, 2011 @ 12:00 am - July 31, 2011 @ 12:00 am EDT
n the Footsteps of Galileo:A Hands-on Workshop on Astronomy for Teachers in Grades 3 – 12 (and those who work with them)
Part of the 122nd Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Saturday and Sunday, July 30 - 31, 2011, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Tremont Plaza Hotel, 222 St. Paul Pl., Baltimore, Maryland
Workshop participants will explore:
* Classroom-tested, standards-based, hands-on astronomy activities (on such topics as the phases of the Moon, comparing the planets, the scale of the solar system, etc.)
* The development of student reasoning and how to use astronomy to help students think like scientists
* Astronomy teaching resources, including "The Universe at Your Fingertips" (a collection of 133 complete activities and a wealth of other teaching resources on DVD-ROM, free copy included)
* The Galileoscope: an inexpensive telescope for the classroom (free kit included)
* How telescopes work and how they changed our perception of the universe
* Dark skies awareness and the threat of “light pollution” to our heritage in the night sky
* Recent developments in our exploration of the universe.
Presenters and facilitators include:
--> Dennis Schatz (NSF and Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA)
--> Rommel Miranda (Towson University Dept. of Science Education, Baltimore, MD)
--> Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College; 2007 California Professor of the Year)
--> Robert Sparks (National Optical Astronomy Observatories, Tucson, AZ)
--> Brian Kruse (Astronomical Society of the Pacific, San Francisco, CA)
$95 for both days (includes Galileoscope telescope kit
and the new Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD)
Registration is limited and will be accepted in the order received.
A very limited number of scholarships are available; see:
No background in astronomy is required;
both new and veteran teachers will learn new ideas and techniques from the workshop.
We particularly encourage those who are new to astronomy or science teaching to work with our mentor teachers to gain confidence.
Other, shorter workshops for teachers will also be offered Aug. 1-3 at the meeting and are described on the web page:
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.