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Teacher Workshops – Computational Astronomy

Posted on: August 11th, 2022 in: NASA Space Grant
Register Today for an Online Nationwide Workshop for Math and Science Middle and High School Teachers!

GES 692 class: Computational Astronomy –  A Universe of Calculations (FALL  2022)

This online workshop is a professional development class worth 1-graduate credit. The course starting September 10, 2022, will be offered via Zoom on six Saturdays: September 10, September 24, October 8, October 22, 2022, November 5, November 19, at 9 am – 12 pm Mountain Time (11 am – 2 pm Eastern Time, 10 am – 1pm Central Time, and 8 am – 11 am Pacific Time).

During the workshop, the math and science teacher participants will learn about the mathematical applications used in astronomy and space exploration, with the goal of being able to use that knowledge in their classrooms. Through carefully selected materials, the workshop will emphasize the connections between mathematics and space science. Lesson plans for the middle and high school classroom will be developed for courses such as math, physical science, and biology.

  • Earn one graduate credit, with 20 hours participation during the workshop.
  • Maximum of 20 participants for the workshop (first come, first served).
  • The $40 tuition for the workshop is paid by each participant.
  • Tentative Schedule is available.

Topics include:

James Webb telescope, infectious diseases in a colony, Kepler’s Laws, Cepheid variable stars, time dilation, space physiology, space weather, SpaceX launch, and more.

Mathematical applications and modeling will be done with calculators, with spreadsheets, and with Desmos.

Course Prerequisites: Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, K-12 teaching experience in Math or Science, and familiarity with Algebra, Trigonometry, and spreadsheets such as Windows Excel.

Acknowledgement: NASA – South Dakota Space Grant Consortium provided funding for this project.

For more information

Dr. Donna Kliche

Dr. Martha Garlick