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, April 27, 2013 - Teacher Workshop
Workshop will be held at Yerkes Observatory from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
In the past ten years
there has been an explosion of internet-based citizen science research in
astronomy. Hundreds of thousands of people have contributed to scientific
research through the Zooinverse projects.
Participants in Galaxy Zoo, Hubble Zoo, Merger Zoo and more have been so
active that the educators and scientists needed to develop new ways for
participants to explore beyond the focus of any one project. The result ia a whole host of new web-based
tools designed to assist citizen scientists in exploring vast quantities of
astronomical data on their own. Many of
these tools are also being linked to student lessons on the Sloan Digital Sky
Survey Database website, SkyServer.
This workshop will provide educators with an overview of the Zooniverse and explore how new interactive tools are being used to allow students to discover for themselves the structure, laws and beauty of the cosmos.
Cost for workshop is $25.00 and registration is suggested, as an account for the project needs to be created for each participant. Registration includes CPDUs and lunch.
Click here for Zooniverse agenda and registration.
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 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.
You can receive reminders via YOTeach or on Facebook.
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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:
Thursday, January 17, 2013 - Astronomy Game Night
Let's use games and puzzles to learn astronomy and explore the universe. It's fun to challenge yourself and see how much you know about all kinds of astronomical objects. There will be prizes for clever players and young astronomers alike.
Monday, February 4, 2013 - Extreme Gravity in Black Holes
Learn about the amazing force of Gravity! We'll explore falling tennis balls, orbiting satellites, and the most extreme gravity environments in black holes. Rich Kron will be our Astronomer for the evening.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - History of Astronomy
Ever wonder about the stories and motivation that inspire the great minds of science and astronomy? We'll act out the great debates and discoveries of the history of understanding our Universe! Presented in collaboration with the Williams Bay HS History Club.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - Are we alone? Are there planets around stars other than the Sun?
The NASA Kepler mission has confirmed more than 100 such exoplanets, and are watching over 2000 more candidates. Become a planet hunter and help with the search! Just imagine what habitable worlds and unique creatures might be out there.
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!
Meet all our Stars at Yerkes teachers here.
Meet our scientists and mentors here.
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