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)
- Please register for this separately.