Stars at Yerkes Teachers Fly SOFIA Once More
-photo credit NASA / ASP / N. Veronico
Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors (from left) Constance Gartner, Vince Washington, Ira Harden and Chelen Johnson at the
educators' work station aboard the SOFIA observatry during a flight on the night of February 12-13, 2013.
How excited we are for our colleagues Connie Gartner and Chelen Johnson! You can read about these amazing educators in these articles:
Educator Teams Fly on NASA'S SOFIA Airborne Observatory
NASA Reaches Out to Deaf, Hard of Hearing Students
Breck Teacher's NASA Experience "Dream Come True"
UW-Madison Alumna Set for Research Flight Aboard NASA Observatory
Aboard SOFIA, NASA's Flying Observatory (closed captioned)
NASA Official Press Release
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Saturday, November 2, 2013 - Teacher Workshop
Workshop will be held at Yerkes Observatory from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Would you like to join a team of fellow educators to develop a plan for NASA? Join us on November 2, 2013, as teams replicate the engineering design process used by NASA to develop space missions. Utilize your budget, decide the science questions to be answered, and then build the spacecraft for the mission. Lastly, present your team mission plan to Yerkes scientists for funding decisions.
This REALLY IS Rocket Science! We hope you will join us!
Register below for this workshop now! Registration includes CPDUs and lunch.
Cost for the workshop is $35.00 and registration is suggested. Registration includes CPDUs and lunch.
Join us as we share the wonders of the night sky!
Thanks to all who participated in asteroid hunting, lunar exploration, and other topics in astronomy during our 2012-2013 workshops, 2011-2012 workshops and our 2010-2011 workshops.
Our calendar of events and opportunities is now posted in the Stars at Yerkes calendar
and on our Teacher Workshops page.
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Click here for information about public evening Star Parties at Yerkes Observatory.
Yerkes Observatory also hosts Family Night Programs.
Click here for Family Night information, dates and registration.Upcoming Events: New events coming soon!Please join us as we learn about the moon, stars, planets and more!
Congratulations to Lynne F. Zielinski!
Lynne has been selected by the National Space Club as the 2013 recipient of the National Space Educator Award!
- photo by the National Space Society www.nss.org
Stars at Yerkes very own Lynne Zielinski was presented with the National Space Society's National Space Educator Award on March 22, 2013
at the 56th annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Since 1982, the award has been given annually to secondary school teachers who mentor students in the field of space, science, and technology. Recipients are also given a $1,500 grant and a plaque for their respective school.
"Lynne Zielinski is the first two-time winner in the thirty year history of the National Space Club National Space Educator Award. After being selected in 1988 for exemplary work motivating students to do research by planning and flying experiments on the Space Shuttle, she did not rest on her laurels," said National Space Club Award Chairman Kerry Joels.
"She spent the next quarter century expanding her students' opportunities to participate in space science research, encouraged dozens to pursue science and engineering degrees, and expanded community awareness of space science. Her career is an impressive and exceptional model for a space educator," he added.
Click here to read the full article posted by the National Space Society.
Lynne has devoted many hours to coordinate our monthly public star parties, work on our family astronomy nights,
and has been workshop leader for several Stars at Yerkes teacher workshops. Lynne continues to mentor fellow S@Y teachers
and give presentations at conferences like SEEC and so much more.
Congratulations Lynne - We are proud of you!
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Meet our Yerkes Young Stars students here.
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Through the sharing of teacher-created resources and access to Yerkes Observatory scientists and instruments, Stars at Yerkes strives to create connections to elevate STEM education in the classroom and beyond.
The Ring Nebula - m57- taken with Stone Edge telescope