We invite you to join "MESTA on the Road" for a journey of discovery using the Galileoscope. Teachers from the Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association will lead you in activities that explore optics, the history of telescopes, our Moon, and solar astronomy. The aim of this workshop is to provide you with the tools to do more astronomy with your students.
As a part of membership in the National Earth Science Teachers Association, each workshop participant will be provided with 4 (that's right, FOUR!) Galileoscope kits, one of which will be built during the workshop. If you want to have these telescopes, please join the NESTA before the workshop date. A one year online membership is only $20.00.
Go to the NESTA site to join: https://www.nestanet.org/cms/content/join/dues
All workshop participants will also receive a copy of The Center for Science Education's (UC Berkeley) new Cosmic Serpent book! Just added: all participants will also receive a Miller Planisphere!
Please bring a camera tripod with you to the workshop, as well as a laptop computer.
Register below for this workshop 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, November 17, 2012:
8:30 – 9:00 Coffee and Registration
9:00 – 9:10 Welcome and Introduction to the day
9:10 - 9:15 Introduction to the Telescope adapted from Project ASTRO
-San Diego Galileoscope workshop
Resource from: http://mintaka.sdsu.edu/projectastro/Galileoscope/projectastro-sd-galileoscope2010.ppt
9:15 - 10:00 Activity One – Finding the Focal Length of a Lens
- presented by Ardis Herrold
10:00 - 10:30 Activity Two – Angular Measurements - presented by Kevin Dehne
10:30 - 10:40 Break
10:40 - 11:10 Galileo and His Discoveries - presented by Cris DeWolf and Jay Sinclair
11:10 - 11:40 Activity Three - Modeling Moon Phases and Moon Phase Dial
- presented by Kevin Dehne and Cris DeWolf
11:40 - 12:00 Flying with SOFIA - Cris DeWolf
12:00 - 12:45 Lunch provided by Stars at Yerkes
12:45 - 1:15 Yerkes Tour (optional) and New Teacher Bags
1:15 - 1:45 Safe Solar Viewing
- Sunspotter Telescope, Coronado Telescope, Projecting a solar image
2:00 - 3:00 Building and Using the Galileoscope
3:00 - 4:00 Navigating the Night Sky
- Uncle Al’s Star Wheel and Planispheres, Stellarium
*Participants will need laptops. Stellarium will be provided on CD-ROM.
4:00 - 4:10 Final thoughts and additional resources
4:10 - 4:30 Wrap up, evaluations, CPDUs and upcoming events
Break and Set-up for Star Party. Dinner on your own.
5:30 - 6:00 PM Final set-up and opening of registration for star party
6:00 - 8:00 PM Evening Star Party and Public Viewing
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 Evening Star Party.
Please use the link below (or copy and paste into your browser) to sign up: