Using Radio Astronomy in the Classroom - Saturday, November 19, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011 - Teacher Workshop

Workshop will be held at Yerkes Observatory from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Since the little "blip" found by Jocelyn Bell when she was operating her telescope, radio astronomy has been intriguing the public for years. So having students learn the story and participate in the activities is a great way to bring in technology and the nature of science to the classroom. This workshop will provide background information as well as hands-on activities about radio astronomy including the Drake Equation, radio frequency interference, and the pioneers that helped the radio telescope become an important part of astronomy.

Tentative Saturday November 19, 2011 Agenda:

8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration Coffee and rolls

9:00 am - 9:45 am Introduction to Radio Astronomy

9:45 am - 10:00 am Break

10:00 am - 10:45 am Activity One - Radio Message with Binary Code

11:00 am - 11:45 am Activity Two - Radio Frequency Interference

11:45 am - 12:45 pm Lunch provided at Yerkes

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm Pulsar Search Collaboratory

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Radio Astronomy Science with Dr. Rachel Rosen

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm Break and New Teacher Bags

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Activity Three - Make your own Faraday Cage***

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Evaluation, CPDU's and Wrap Up

*** Additional Fee of $5.00 for materials

Optional Saturday Evening Observing – $5.00 per teacher/adult, $15.00 per family (children must be accompanied by adult)
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    Contact Vivian Hoette at Yerkes Observatory:, phone: 262-245-5555 ext 815 or Sherry Shelley:
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    Location: University of Chicago Yerkes Observatory 373 West Geneva St., Williams Bay, WI 53191 Lodging is available at Fontana Village Inn, 100 Dewey Avenue, Fontana, WI 53125 Call 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. Fee: $25.00 for workshop; additional $5.00 fee for supplies (optional) and evening observing. Please make your check payable to "University of Chicago".