“Lunacy IV: Moon Gazers” is a special day for teacher training at Yerkes Observatory, and is part of the “International Observe the Moon Night” Project.
* OPTIONAL - Clear or Cloudy, Stay after dinner (and bring your family) for the Public Observing Night Moon Party, as we share the skies and observe the Moon using a variety of techniques and telescopes. There will be activities for kids. AND Learn more about the night sky and view objects with telescopes. Don't miss this day to learn more about our neighbor the Moon!
Click this link to see a video about International Observe the Moon Night for a taste of what you'll see.
(or copy and paste this video link into your browser)
Register below 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, September 22, 2012:
8:30 - 9:00 Coffee and Registration
9:00 - 9:15 Introduction to day
9:15 -10:00 Relative Sizes and Distances.
-- This activity will challenges participants to predict and model relative sizes and distances of Moon, Sun, and Earth.
10:00 - 12:00 Selene – Lunar Science Game
- Presented by Debbie Reese - Center for Educational Technologies, Wheeling Jesuit University - BRING YOUR
LAPTOP WITH EXCEL ON IT.
- Named after the Greek lunar goddess, Selene is a educational game that challenges students to learn the major geologic processes scientists believe formed the modern Moon. Students create their own moon and then pepper it with impact craters and flood it with lava. It's a great opportunity for students to learn about lunar geology while helping researchers study some key videogame design principles. These processes are also responsible for how the moons around other planets appear as well.
Breaks & activities sprinkled within this session - including the "Moon Wheel"
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch provided at Yerkes
- 12:30 - 1:00 Optional tour and New Teacher Bags
1:00 – 1:30 Moon Over Us Overview
- International Collaboration in observing the Moon through the iCollaboratory
- Presented by Bonnie Thurber - Academic and Research Technology at Northwestern University
1:30 - 2:00 Moon Over Us Retrospective and activities from teacher perspective
- Presented by Karen Ladendors - McHenry Middle School, McHenry, Illinois
2:00 - 3:00 Crater Counting Activity
- Presented by Marc Berthoud - Yerkes Obsservatory
3:00 - 3:10 Break
3:10 – 3:30 MoonKAM and the GRAIL Mission
- Presented by Margie Corp - Stars at Yerkes Educator
3:30 - 4:00 Journaling the Moon
- Presented by Elizabeth Ramseyer - Stars at Yerkes Educator
3:30 - 4:15 Kuiper Moon Project Update
- Presented by Lynne Zielnski - Stars at Yerkes Educator
4:15 - 4:30 Wrap-up, evaluations, and CPDUs.
Break and Set-up for Star Party. Dinner on your own.
7:00 - 7:30 PM Final set-up and opening of registration for star party
7:30 - 9:30 Evening Star Party and Public Viewing
Join us at the Lions Field House, clear or cloudy, on September 22, 7:30-9:30 pm, as we celebrate our celestial neighbor for International Observe the Moon Night (observethemoonnight.org), co-sponsored by the Wiiliams Bay Rec Department and Yerkes Observatory Educators.
Observing with telescopes and indoor activities will be held at the:
Lions Field House
310 Elkhorn Road
Williams Bay, WI 53191
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 Moon Star Party.
Please use the link below (or copy and paste into your browser) to sign up for the International Observe the Moon Night Star Party. You will need to sign up separately for the star party. As a volunteer, there will be no additional cost to you for this event.
Registration is found on the Yerkes Observatory site: http://astro.uchicago.edu/yerkes/
Or Directly at http://astro.uchicago.edu/yerkes/iomn/index.html