23-26 June 2009 at Yerkes Observatory
See Conference Documents (for agenda with links to presenter’s files).
MONDAY 2009 June 22
Check in at Aurora College (or hotel).
TUESDAY 2009 June 23 MORNING
All Conference sessions held at Yerkes Observatory;
~8:15 am New HOU conference attendees meet in Aurora cafeteria to find out how to get to Yerkes, if necessary.
8:30 AM Informal meetings, reunions, introductions at Yerkes Observatory
9:00 AM Welcome – Vivian Hoette, Carl Pennypacker, Alan Gould
9:10 AM Participants preview – All (1 minute intros)
9:30 AM New Developments on US HOU – Carl Pennypacker – 20 min – HOU has endeavored to respond to the shifts in national priorities and opportunities in education, and is finding good partners and ways to grow and improve. Some of the improvements and partners will be described.
9:50 AM Assessing Methods of Instruction of Solar System Concepts – Michael C. LoPresto, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn MI, working with Carl Pennypacker through James Cook University 30-40 min – A review of the development and assessment of Lecture Tutorials on various solar system concepts.
10:45 Overview of WISE-HOU activities ready for field test. Janet Ward, Broad Run HS, VA and Alan Gould, Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley. Summary of activities for HOU Asteroid Research.
TUESDAY 2009 June 23 AFTERNOON
1:20 IASC: Scalability & Growth in Student Discovery Programs – Patrick Miller. About automation of image preps for the asteroid search campaigns leading to the scalability and growth of IASC to 150 schools. Also, new collaborations and partnerships have expanded IASC reach into a global network of high schools and colleges.
2:00 Planning HOU-WISE workshops for field test teachers. Alan Gould facilitating. Set agenda for 1- or 2-day workshop with follow-up telecon/Internet sessions.
3:00 Making an Asteroid Movie using Windows Movie Maker. Tim Spuck, Oil City High School, PA
3:30 Seeing Binary — HOU Binary Star Research. Roy Morris 40 min, Planetarium Director, Columbia Public Schools, Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, MO 65203-7198 573-214-3148
4:15 SOFIA Outreach and YAAYS Project. Ed Sadler, Vivian Hoette, Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay, WI. Using an infrared light source, trace the light path through concave and convex lenses. This lab is designed for sighted and blind students, hearing and deaf students. Use tactile methods for recording ray paths. Directions for building the components will be provided.
7:45 PM Breakout sessions:
Other break-out discussions as needed
9:30 PM – 4:07 AM :^) Observing with telescopes, weather permitting
WEDNESDAY 2009 June 24 MORNING
9:00 AM Global HOU and the Galileo Teacher Training Project – Carl Pennypacker – 20 min -HOU is expanding to more nations eager to use HOU, and new nations are joining us. Specifically, teacher training workshops have been held at a number of nations, and will greatly increase the number of HOU teachers, students, collaborating scientists, and others around the world.
9:20 AM Over-The-Hill Observatory, Phase II. Rich Lohman, Retired teacher and Educational Consultant for HOU, Woodacre, CA (site of Over-The-Hill Observatory). Progress since last year on my observatory—the final product and issues in construction and in actually using the system.
9:50 “WISE and Asteroids.” Bryan Mendez, Space Science Lab, WISE Mission EPO, UC Berkeley.
10:20 AM — Telescope Network Developments
10:45 AM A Changing Cosmos, Global Systems Science, and HOU IP 2.0 – Alan Gould – 30 min.
11:15 AM Salsa & Chips: Simple Astrophotography with SalsaJ. Glenn Reagan, Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova, CA
WEDNESDAY 23 June 2008 AFTERNOON
1:20 How Dark is Your Sky? Local Solutions to a Global Challenge – Robert Sparks (on behalf of Connie Walker), NOAO. IYA Dark Skies Awareness programs, the star-hunting programs that are part of the IYA DSA cornerstone, like GLOBE at Night 2010.
2:00 HOU IP 2.0 and SalsaJ Image Processing workshop. Alan Gould facilitating.
2:20 Galileoscope – Robert Sparks, NOAO.
3:15 Elementary Lesson for WISE. Jenifer Perazzo, UC Berkeley and Space Science Lab
4:15 Open-ended sharing – teaching methods and experiences
5:15 DINNER [Barbeque]
7:45 PM Using Stellarium, the open-source planetarium program. Rich Lohman, Retired teacher and Educational Consultant for HOU, Woodacre, CA. We recommend attendees download and install this on their computers ahead of time. This will not to be just a demonstration. Download from http://www.stellarium.org
Other Break-out discussions as needed.
9:30 PM – 3:56 AM :^) Observing with telescopes, weather permitting
THURSDAY 2009 June 25 MORNING
9:00 AM Measuring the Age of the Universe from your Classroom with Sloan Digital Sky Survey Supernovae – Carl – Curricula in pilot that uses Sloan supernovae to enable students to estimate the age and size of the Universe”
9:20 AM Spitzer and Beyond: the The NASA IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP) (and how you can apply!) – Dr. Luisa Rebull, Spitzer Science Center, Caltech/JPL, Pasadena, CA – The program formerly known as the Spitzer Research Program for Teachers has been expanded to include the use of NASA archives, and is now named the NASA IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP). We’re soliciting applications for teachers to conduct research with a teacher team and a mentor scientist. We also have a wiki with lots of information on it about using Spitzer data which I’ll show (and I’d love some feedback).. 40 minutes.
10:45 Update on NASA Kepler EPO: Animations, Podcasts and Movies; Transit Tracks; Exoplanet Transit Hunt simulation. Alan Gould
11:20 Planet X to Z Unwrapping the Solar System. Jeremy Amarant, SAGE Planetarium, Palmdale School District. We will use manipulatives to demonstrate the Distance, Size and Mass of the Solar System in 1 hour or less.
THURSDAY 2009 June 25 AFTERNOON
1:20 Astronomy Outreach using Python. Marc Berthoud, Vivian Hoette, Yerkes Observatory. Python is an easy to learn new open-source multi-platform programming language. At Yerkes we have developed a set of programming activities related to astronomy and FITS image analysis. We conducted several of these activities with teachers and students grades 5th and higher.
2:00 The HOU Universe Quest program. Carl Pennypacker, Rich Lohman.
2:30 Eyepieces only a bird would love: Cheap Cheap Cheap. Making your own eyepieces from lens sets. Kevin McCarron, Oak Park and River Forest High School, Illinois
3:00 HOU freebie: Teleslin access to Perth telescope.
3:45 NEO Discoveries & Astro Research at TJ High. Lee Ann Hennig, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA
7:45 PM All Attendees – Break-out discussions as needed
9:30 PM – 3:43 AM :^) Observing with telescopes, weather permitting
FRIDAY 2009 June 26 MORNING
9:00 AM TBA. Gloria Villalobos, Kennedy Space Center
9:45 AM TBA. Mike Ford, Elk Creek Observatory, Holton, KS
10:00 AM Jupiter’s Mass for Everyone, Rigorous enough for HS, and understandable enough for MS. Peggy Piper and Vivian Hoette, Yerkes Observatory. Includes a variety of image sets, ppt for deriving equations, and an excel template for boiling down the calculations so you just need to put in the radius and period in meters and seconds to find the mass.
10:45 Planning for next year’s conference.
11:45 CONFERENCE ENDS
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