Stars at Yerkes Teacher Workshop - Astrobiology - Saturday April 26, 2014

Are we alone in the universe? Astrobiology attempts to answer this age-old question. What will extraterrestrial life be like? What solar system objects might support life?

Join us as we explore the interdisciplinary field of Astrobiology. Enjoy a demonstration of crystal radios and a planetarium show by planetarium director and NASA Astronomy Airborne Ambassador Jean Creighton.

Workshop will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Details and directions will be sent with your registration confirmation.
Registration will begin at 8:30 am. Workshop will be from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Cost for the workshop is $35.00 and registration is suggested. Registration includes CPDUs and lunch.

Stars at Yerkes Astrobiology Workshop Agenda

8:30 - 9:00 am Registration

9:00 - 9:15 Introductions

9:15 - 10:00 What is Astrobiology? An overview and history of the field of Astrobiology - led by Marcella Linahan

10:00 - 10:30 An overview of the scope and sequence for an Astrobiology class, based on the Voyages Through Time curriculum - led by Brian Coffey

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 11:45 How-to resources and examples of crystal radios that can be built by students with suggested activities that teachers could do in a variety of science settings

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch included as part of the workshop

1:00 - 2:00 Signs of life in the solar system. Looking at the chemistry for detecting signs of life in the universe - led by Marcella Linahan

2:00 - 3:00 Planetarium show presented by Jean Creighton

3:00 - 3:15 Break

3:15 - 4:00 Extremeophiles: Extraterrestrial Life in the Solar System. An overview of extremophiles with classroom activities - led by Marcella Linahan

4:15 - 4:30 pm Wrap up, evaluations, and CPDUs

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    Workshop Location: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Specific workshop location will be shared with your registration confirmation. Workshop fee: $35 (Lunch included). Please make your check payable to "University of Chicago." If you need suggestions for lodging, please note this in your registration.


    Contact Vivian Hoette at Yerkes Observatory:, phone: 262-245-5555 ext 815 or Marcella Linahan at
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