Application for Astronomy at the Frontier 2020 (AATF 2020)
NOTE: Hosting this workshop is contingent upon how the spread of COVID-19 progresses. We will follow all state and federal guidelines in regards to group gatherings, and may need to cancel the workshop.

Astronomy at the Frontier (AATF) is a workshop designed to introduce teachers to online astronomical databases, and provide them with experience and hands-on activities that they can utilize in their classroom. The workshop focuses on 3-4 general topics that are at the frontier of astronomical research: exoplanets, stars and stellar evolution, galaxy formation and cosmology, and (depending on time and interest) gravitational waves.

In this 4-day workshop, teachers will learn how to access data from the Exoplanet Archive, the Gaia satellite, the DESI Legacy Imaging Surveys, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and the Gravitational-Wave Open Science Center. Each day will consist of lessons on one of the aforementioned topics, a tutorial on how to use the databases, hands-on activities using the data, and a working lunch and hack session where teachers can work on incorporating these activities into their curriculum.

AATF is being organized and taught by Dr. Valerie Rapson (Director, Dudley Observatory) and Dr. John Moustakas (Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy at Siena College) and is generously supported by National Science Foundation (NSF) grant AST-1616414.

Target Audience: Middle and High School Teachers
Location: Siena College, Roger Bacon Hall
Dates/Times: July 20-23, 2020 8:30 am - 3:00 pm daily

Please fill out the application below to be considered for the program. The workshop is FREE to all participants, but due to limited funding, we can only accept approximately 15 teachers into the workshop. The application deadline is June 15th, and we will contact all applicants via email by mid-June. CTLE credit is available for all accepted participants.

If you have specific questions about the workshop or this application form please direct them to Valerie Rapson ( and John Moustakas (
Email *
First Name *
Last Name *
School(s) you are currently teaching at *
Grades taught (select all that apply) *
Subjects taught (check all that apply) *
How is astronomy taught at your school? *
Do you currently use any astronomy databases or Citizen Science activities in your classroom? If so, please briefly describe them.
Have you participated in any previous professional development courses hosted by Siena or the Dudley Observatory (e.g. Rising Stars, Summer Teacher Institute, AATF 2017, etc.)? If so, please write the name(s) of the program(s) below.
Please tell us why you are interested in participating in this program, what knowledge you hope to gain from the workshop, and how you might implement the new skills/activities you learn in the workshop in your class curriculum (500 words or less). *
If selected to participate in the program, would you be able to fully attend all sessions? If not, please describe your limitations. *
Do you have any dietary restrictions?
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