Stars at Yerkes Teaching With Telescopes Teacher Workshop - Saturday November 17, 2012

We invite you to join "MESTA on the Road" for a journey of discovery using the Galileoscope. Teachers from the Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association will lead you in activities that explore optics, the history of telescopes, our Moon, and solar astronomy. The aim of this workshop is to provide you with the tools to do more astronomy with your students.

As a part of membership in the National Earth Science Teachers Association, each workshop participant will be provided with 4 (that's right, FOUR!) Galileoscope kits, one of which will be built during the workshop. If you want to have these telescopes, please join the NESTA before the workshop date. A one year online membership is only $20.00.

Go to the NESTA site to join:

All workshop participants will also receive a copy of The Center for Science Education's (UC Berkeley) new Cosmic Serpent book! Just added: all participants will also receive a Miller Planisphere!

Please bring a camera tripod with you to the workshop, as well as a laptop computer.

Register below for this workshop now! A fee of $25 for the workshop will be collected on the day of the workshop. Please make checks to "University of Chicago."

Tentative Agenda: Saturday, November 17, 2012:

8:30 – 9:00 Coffee and Registration

9:00 – 9:10 Welcome and Introduction to the day

9:10 - 9:15 Introduction to the Telescope adapted from Project ASTRO
-San Diego Galileoscope workshop
Resource from:

9:15 - 10:00 Activity One – Finding the Focal Length of a Lens
- presented by Ardis Herrold

10:00 - 10:30 Activity Two – Angular Measurements - presented by Kevin Dehne

10:30 - 10:40 Break

10:40 - 11:10 Galileo and His Discoveries - presented by Cris DeWolf and Jay Sinclair

11:10 - 11:40 Activity Three - Modeling Moon Phases and Moon Phase Dial
- presented by Kevin Dehne and Cris DeWolf

11:40 - 12:00 Flying with SOFIA - Cris DeWolf

12:00 - 12:45 Lunch provided by Stars at Yerkes

12:45 - 1:15 Yerkes Tour (optional) and New Teacher Bags

1:15 - 1:45 Safe Solar Viewing
- Sunspotter Telescope, Coronado Telescope, Projecting a solar image

2:00 - 3:00 Building and Using the Galileoscope

3:00 - 4:00 Navigating the Night Sky
- Uncle Al’s Star Wheel and Planispheres, Stellarium
*Participants will need laptops. Stellarium will be provided on CD-ROM.

4:00 - 4:10 Final thoughts and additional resources

4:10 - 4:30 Wrap up, evaluations, CPDUs and upcoming events

Break and Set-up for Star Party. Dinner on your own.

5:30 - 6:00 PM Final set-up and opening of registration for star party

6:00 - 8:00 PM Evening Star Party and Public Viewing

Cost: $5.00 per teacher, $15.00 for families. Registration is suggested but not required.
If you are volunteering to help with the star party, you will not be asked to pay for the star party registration.

Regardless of whether you are volunteering or not, please resister for the event.
A separate registration is needed to attend the Evening Star Party.
Please use the link below (or copy and paste into your browser) to sign up:

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    Workshop Location: University of Chicago Yerkes Observatory 373 West Geneva St., Williams Bay, WI 53191 Workshop fee: $25 (Lunch included). Please make your check payable to "University of Chicago." Lodging is available at: Fontana Village Inn, 100 Dewey Avenue, Fontana, WI 53125, (262) 275-6700 George Williams College Lodging, 350 Constance Blvd., Williams Bay, WI 53191-0210 Call 262-245-8520 or e-mail: Or contact Lake Geneva Chamber of Commerce Lodging or Geneva Lake West Chamber of Commerce Accommodations Mention Yerkes Teacher Workshops when you reserve your room.


    Contact Vivian Hoette at Yerkes Observatory:, phone: 262-245-5555 ext 815 or Margie Corp Questions for Lead Workshop Presenter Cris DeWolf -
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