Astronomy Education Workshop 2001
Friday, September 21, 2:00 - 5:30 pm
Ferguson 114, UNL City Campus
These workshops are targeted for college instructors of 100-level astronomy
classes and high school instructors who presently teach astronomy or may be
interested in developing an astronomy course. They have three goals: 1) to acquaint
educators with the new innovative usages of instructional technology in astronomy
education, 2) to introduce new developments in the UNL Department of Physics
and Astronomy, and 3) to bring together members of the astronomy and physics
teaching community to share ideas and identify potential collaborators.
Rough Workshop Agenda
2:00 pm - Welcome - Kevin Lee
Invited Speaker - Robert Mutel, University of Iowa
- -- Snapshot at Presentation
2:05 pm - Part I: "The Science behind Robotic Telescopes"
- -- Snapshot during break
2:50 pm - Snack Break
Dr. Mutel's powerpoint presentation given at the workshop may be accessed on the
WWW at http://phobos.physics.uiowa.edu/rlm/ppt/UNL%20Robotic%20Telescopes%20in%20Education.ppt.
3:00 pm - Part II: "Incorporating Robotic Telescopes into the Curriculum"
How can we Utilize Robotic Telescopes in our Teaching? Moderator: Ed Schmidt
on Astronomy Camp - Ed Schmidt
4:00 Kinesthetic Astronomy - Kevin Lee
A Manual for the Kinestetic Astronomy Activity may be downloaded from the
Space Science Institute
4:30 pm - Hands-on Computer Workshop: Astronomy Applet Usage
Individual applets will be demonstrated by each of the following speakers:
- Kent Reinhard, Southeast Community College - Eclipsing Binary Simulator
- Todd Young, Wayne State College - Planetary Orbit Simulator
- Mark Clark, Doane College - Copernicus (Elongation and Synodic Periods)
- Dave Kriegler, UNO - Lunar Phase Simulator
- Kevin Lee, UNL - Applets in Development and Summation
The applets may be accessed on the Nebraska
Astronomy Applet Project Web Site at http://www.unl.edu/naap.
5:45 pm - Gathering at Spaghetti Works
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