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Using Microsoft's Worldwide Telescope in the Classroom

What: "Science Tools for Data - Intensive Astronomy" Workshop at the AAS Conference

When: Sunday, January 8th 2012 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Where: Austin Convention Center

Is this workshop for me?
If you are a high school or community college science educator, this workshop offers a novel new tool, Microsoft's Worldwide Telescope, which allows for STEM-based subjects to be taught using real astronomical data from Earth's most powerful telescopes.

Who We Are
We are the Virtual Astronomical Observatory (VAO) education and public outreach (EPO) team. The VAO EPO program is a national effort to bring large-scale electronic integration of astronomy data, tools, and services to the public. The VAO EPO program has a formal education component that is committed to bringing standards-based materials to the classroom.

What are the workshop objectives?

  • To learn how to use Microsoft's WWT to teach STEM-based subjects that are aligned with state and national education standards.
  • To create a partnership between the VAO EPO team and educators for further professional development opportunities using WWT (World Wide Telescope) and other STEM-based classroom computer tools.

Fee
$35 must be paid when you register. If you attend the workshop, your fee will be reimbursed after the workshop. You must have a copy of your registration confirmation from the American Astronomical Society to get reimbursed.

Registration
To register for the workshop, please fill out the American Astronomical Society form at the URL: http://aas.org/files/219th_Workshop_Form.pdf

On the form, be sure to check the workshop name, listed as "Science Tools for Data-Intensive Astronomy1." Registration deadline is December 20, 2011. Mail the registration form as instructed, and also send an email with the following information to Dan McCallister (MCCALLIS@STSCI.EDU):

  • Name
  • Grade level(s) taught
  • School
  • City, State
  • Contact Number (home phone or cell)
  • Email

Contact Information
For questions email Dan McCallister at MCCALLIS@STSCI.EDU