Wilmington Middle School and Wilmington High School Students Travel to West Virginia University to Share Data With Other Students and Radio Astronomers
Stars at Yerkes teacher Sherry Shelley led a team of eighth graders and a team of high school students to West Virginia University to participate at Capstone. Capstone is a three day event that is hosted by the Pulsar Search Collaboratory (PSC) Project and funded by National Science Foundation and West Virginia University.
Students have to qualify to attend Capstone by analyzing data from the Green Bank Radio Telescope searching for pulsars. The students analyze a series of graphs, called plots to determine if radio signals from our galaxy are coming from pulsars, radio interference from wireless devices, or noise from other objects in space. Thirty plots are arrange in a set referred to as a “pointing.”
The students have to analyze 50 pointings to qualify to attend Capstone. They arrange their data in a scientific poster to take to Capstone. At Capstone, the students discuss their findings with student teams from other states and radio astronomers. Afterwards, the students take a tour of the university and attend social activities.
This was Wilmington's second year of student attendance at Capstone. "It was so awesome to see my students soak up the experience of participating in real science research," said teacher mentor Sherry Shelley. She explained further, "They meet other students from other states such as West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, and Delaware. They discuss astrophysics with leading radio astronomers, Dr. Duncan Lorimer and Dr. Maura McLaughlin. But, the best part for me as a teacher, is to see my students discover how much fun learning can be. Even though the my two teams were tired at the end of the trip, they made arrangements to share their experience with the Wilmington School Board. How utterly awesome is that!".
Monday July 26 - Wednesday July 28, 2011
We invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to learn from astronomers and educators from all around the globe, including your own backyard.
The Yerkes Outreach Teachers are thrilled to welcome the Global Hands-On Universe Project to present workshops for teachers on Monday July 26th, Tuesday July 27th, and Wednesday, July 28th, 2011 at the historic Yerkes Observatory. Hands-On Universe (HOU) is an educational program that enables students to investigate the Universe while applying tools and concepts from science, math, and technology. Global Hands-On Universe joins efforts from all around the world, allowing students and teachers to share their work and experiences. HOU and GHOU now offer greater than ever access to an increasing number of remote telescopes and image processing software.
Please make a donation of $25 for the workshop or $10/day, payable on the day that you attend.
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What an outstanding and dedicated group of educators and leaders for astronomy education from around the world!
Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program. You can watch Peggy's video on YouTube under http://youtu.be/prMLwi6x9y0.
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Building teachers' knowledge of the universe by building telescopes
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How Studying Multi-wavelength Astronomy Can Reveal the Hidden Universe
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Dwarf and Minor Planets, Asteroids, Analysis, and Creating Pretty Pictures
January 22, 2011 - ARCS teacher Kevin McCarron leads the first Stars at Yerkes book discussion with the topic of the demise of Pluto as a planet and the discovery of dwarf and minor planets. How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown was the featured selection discussed in the morning session of this workshop. Afternoon topics included viewing Yerkes blink comparator and further development of the use of the Stone Edge Observatory.
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Teacher Workshops. Please join us as we learn about the moon, stars, planets and more!
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