Past Workshops 2010-2011


2011 July:  Monday July 26 - Wednesday July 28  GHOU for Teachers at Yerkes Observatory


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.


Click here for the agenda.          Click here for abstracts.

Click here for photos of the event.

Asteroids WISE online workshop The workshop is geared mostly for high school and to some extent middle school teachers.


2011 July:  Monday July 11 to July 23, 2011

Galaxies Graduate Course for Teachers of the Masters in Teacher Leadership with Aurora University George Williams College
Contact Vivian Hoette if you are interested in taking this course.


  2011 May:  Variable Stars and Digital Astro-Photography  Constellation Photography Projects

 - Saturday, May 14, 2011    Workshop will be held at Yerkes Observatory.  (optional Friday night activities 8:00 - 10:00pm or later; Saturday evening activities by appointment)

Capture the constellations and the stars in your backyard with your digital camera. Engage astrometry.net as the star detective for your photos. Create your own observation record of variable stars either with your own camera or with our internet telescopes.Teacher extraordinare Rich DeCoster is the mastermind for this workshop. Rich has recruited Rich Kron and Kevin McCarron to help out with these projects and presentations.  Additional presentations by Vivian Hoette of Yerkes Observatory, and Josh Haislip from the University of North Carolina.

Click here for more information and registration.

Click here to complete our survey after the workshop.  We appreciate your feedback!

Click here to read about this workshop.



2011 April: Sharing the Universe – Celebrating Global Astronomy Month
   

                    BOGO – bring a friend!     Build Your Own Galileoscope!

SKYNET and Stone Edge Observatory, Yerkes Telescopes with their new CCDs! (four times the size)

- Saturday, April 16, 2011    Workshop will be held at Yerkes Observatory.  (Friday and Saturday nights optional)

We would like to Share the Universe with you by putting telescopes in your hands and at your fingertips. In celebration of Global Astronomy Month we are offering BOGO (buy one, get one free) with a fee of only $25 for both you and a friend new to our group.


  • reach around the globe to observe skies rain or shine with Skynet and StoneEdge remote telescope experts
  • use our own Yerkes telescopes to see our local skies
  • build, learn to use and take home a Galileoscope (bring a tripod)... kids can do it... so can you
  • get a personalized tour of Yerkes, especially for new teachers
  • create a movie of an asteroid (bring your laptop)
  • learn how lenses and mirrors work
  • Afterglow Image Processing; online image processing

Click here for more information and registration.

Click here to complete our survey after the workshop.  We appreciate your feedback!

Click here to read about this workshop.


2011 March: Tracking Near Earth Objects with the Astronomical Research Institute (ARI)

- Friday-Saturday, March 18-19, 2011

Workshop will be held at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois with evening observing at ARI in Westfield, IL

Come join Yerkes teachers for a weekend of observing and learning in beautiful central Illinois at EIU with Bob Holmes of ARI, in the quiet countryside and dark sky area of Illinois. We will be observing Friday and Saturday evenings with Bob, and working during the day on Saturday with Bob and Tyler Linder at Eastern Illinois University.

We will be doing photometry on asteroids using Minor Planet Observer software learning how to construct light curves, leading perhaps to publication. This workshop is a perfect example of STEM, combining science, technology, engineering and math, into lessons you can apply in your middle or high school or college classrooms.

Click here to register for this workshop.

Click here to complete our survey after the workshop.  We appreciate your feedback!

Click here to read about this workshop.


2011 February: Seeing the Unseen at Yerkes

NASA SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy)

- Saturday, February 19, 2011

Workshop will be held at Yerkes Observatory from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  (optional Friday night activities 8:00 - 10:00 pm or later)

Learn about multi-wavelength astronomy, aeronautics and NASA's SOFIA Project!  Explore SOFA's Active Astronomy and the Invisible Universe and more!

Registration includes CPDU's and lunch.

For more information and registration, click here.

Click here to complete our survey after the workshop.  We appreciate your feedback!

Click here to read about this workshop.


2011 January: Dwarf and Minor Planets, Asteroids, Analysis, and Creating Pretty Pictures

How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming!

Saturday, January 22, 2011     Workshop will be held at Yerkes Observatory. (Friday and Saturday evenings optional)

How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown will be featued at our workshop on Saturday, January 21, 2011.  Join us as we discuss the entertaining and informative accounting fo Pluto's demise.

Also learn how to utilize a graphical user interface (GUI) to run the Stone Edge Observatory remotely, and make beautiful color composites through the webpage (no image download necessary).

More information and registration can be found at the link below:

http://astro.uchicago.edu/yerkes/outreach/activities/pd/ypd_1_2011.html

Click here to take survey after the workshop.   Thank you for your feedback!

Click here to read about this workshop.


2010 December: Build Your Own Technology (BYOT) for Teaching Science and Astronomy

-Friday-Saturday, December 10-11, 2010     Workshop at Yerkes Observatory.

Science is not only thinking, experimenting, observing, and analyzing, it is also building instruments to investigate our universe.  The materials for this workshop were developed as part of the YAAYS program that included students from the Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Wisconsin School for the Deaf.  Through the use of infrared radiation, principles of optics can be demonstrated. 

More information and registration can be found at the link below:

http://astro.uchicago.edu/yerkes/outreach/activities/pd/byot2010.html

Click here to complete our survey after the workshop.  We appreciate your feedback!

Click here to read about this workshop.


2010 November: Stone Edge Observatory and Using Remote Telescopes

-Friday-Saturday November 12-13, 2010     Workshop at Yerkes Observatory.

Remote Observing with a 20 inch Telescope in Sonoma, CA. Become a teacher leader in using and designing education projects for this unique observatory.

Click here for program details and signup. 

Click here to read about this workshop.



November, 2010: You may also wish to signup for an online workshop called Asteroid WISE and get paid at least $300 for your effort.

Education credit may also be available through George Williams College in Wisconsin. The workshop is geared mostly for high school and to some extent middle school teachers.


2010 September - October: Pulsar Search Collaboratory West

Sign Up Here

Saturday, September 25, 2010 - Introduction and Getting Started Workshop for the Pulsar Search Collaboratory.  Orientation workshop from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at Yerkes Observatory.

Friday-Saturday-Sunday October 8-10, 2010 - Pulsar Search Weekend Workshop at Yerkes Observatory,

Check in on Friday evening by 8:00 pm.   Saturday workshop through Sunday afternoon workshop.

Click here to read more about this project. A Brochure to the event is attached at the bottom of that page.




2010 September: Yerkes 2nd Annual Lunacy Teacher Day

Saturday, September 18, 2010 - Teacher Workshop
To celebrate the Moon and share new knowledge with educators, Yerkes is offering a teacher workshop during the day on Saturday, September 18.  Registration is required.  The Lunacy day workshop will provide teachers with classroom activities and resources associated with new information about the Moon from the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Click here for agenda for the event. 

Click here to complete the post-workshop survey.


Click here to read about this workshop.

Saturday, September 18, 2010 - International Observe the Moon Night (IOMN)  7:00 - 9:00 pm

Weather permitting, Yerkes Observatory, at 373 W. Geneva Street, Williams Bay, Wisconsin, is offering a special opportunity for people to to observe the Moon, with activities designed for school age children accompanied by a parent or teacher.

Registration is required as this event is limited in number of participants. A confirmation page will be provided which must be printed out and brought to the event.

For more details and registration information, click here.


June 25, 2010 Astronomy is for Everyone at Yerkes Observatory

March 2010 Supernova Bob - Asteroid Hunting at ARI

November 9, 2009 Yerkes Teacher Lunacy I - Read the story here