2004 EPO Award Recipient
Professional Development Workshops for Rural Texas Teachers at McDonald Observatory
Dr. Mary Kay Hemenway - University of Texas at Austin
This project will provide rural Texas teachers with a variety of standards-based space science educational materials and activities though workshops at McDonald Observatory (near Fort Davis, TX) in summer 2005. In their workshop, 15 elementary teachers will use minds-on, hands-on activities about our solar system and how it is explored. In another workshop, 15 secondary school teachers will perform more quantitative activities related to space missions that investigate objects beyond the solar system. Links to physics and chemistry will be stressed. All participants will learn how research is done in astronomy at a professional observatory through tours, activities, observing opportunities, and discussions with professional astronomers. In the semester following their workshops, the participants may schedule a videoconference for their class with the Observatory. Other follow-up will be done via electronic mail.
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