A three-week summer workshop will be offered at the Takoma Park campus of Montgomery College for science teachers in grades 6 through 12. The teachers will learn not only astronomy, but the physics, mathematics, and technology necessary to understand and teach. The interdependence of astronomy on other sciences, such as chemistry and even biology, will be stressed. The visual, historical, religious (astrology), multicultural, and artistic roots of astronomy will be explored, as well as the modern scientific approach. Hand-held, inexpensive celestial spheres, holographic high resolution diffraction grating spectrometers, astrolabes, and other devices will be used during the workshop and become the property of the teacher. A significant part of the workshop will be conducted in the planetarium under the stars and in an adjacent computer laboratory were all of the machines are connected to the Internet. A visit to the Goddard Space Flight Center and the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carniege Institution of Washington (the oldest non-profit research organization in the country) will be made during the workshop. At the conclusion of the workshop the teachers will return to their classrooms with astronomical knowledge, reference materials, simple laboratory equipment, computer programs, video tapes, and astronomical modules written by them and other teachers in previous workshops designed to meet the needs of their students.
The workshop will be offered form July 6 though July 24 from 9AM to 3:30 PM Monday through Friday. There will also be a one day Saturday workshop in April 1999 for the teachers to share what worked and what didn't work with their students. Teachers will be paid $75 per day, $1,200 for attending all workshop meetings. Four graduate credits in astronomy are available through the University of Maryland for teachers that need graduate credit. Unfortunately if you want graduate credit you will have to pay for it or get your school system to pay for it. Your stipend for the workshop would cover the in state graduate tuition with a small bit left over. The workshop is supported under Title II of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professional Development Program (public law 103-382; CFDA Number 82.281B) awarded by the Maryland Higher Education Commission grant number 98-20-220.
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|Mail to:||Dr. Harold Williams|
|Takoma Ave. and Fenton St.|
|Takoma Park, MD 20912|