Science Teachers Will Learn from the Experts
By Carmelle Druchniak
UNH News Bureau
EDITORS, NEWS DIRECTORS:
DURHAM, N.H. -- Elementary and high school science teachers from around the state will be meeting later this month with world class researchers who could write the very textbooks their students use in class.
The University of New Hampshire is sponsoring a free, one-day workshop on astronomy education for teachers in grades five through 12 Tuesday, Sept. 14, in conjunction with the 5th Compton Symposium on Gamma-Ray Astronomy, scheduled for Sept. 15-17. All available slots are filled for the workshop, to be held at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, also site of the symposium.
Hosted by UNH and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the Compton Symposium brings together researchers from around the world, and some of those researchers will be taking part in the planned teacher workshop.
"The purpose of the teacher workshop is to provide New Hampshire educators with valuable ideas and resources for the teaching of astronomical concepts," says Mark McConnell, research associate professor in the UNH Space Science Center, located within the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space.
In addition, astronomical researchers from both UNH and Dartmouth College will provide participants with an overview of astronomical research taking place within New Hampshire. "This will provide an opportunity to foster connections between local educators and researchers with the goal of forming long-term partnerships," says McConnell.
The workshop is offered through the N.H. Space Grant Consortium.
Part of the workshop will include hands-on activities to acquaint educators with basic concepts in astronomy education and provide them with suitable curriculum materials. Many of these activities will be led by Douglas Duncan of the University of Chicago, national education coordinator of the American Astronomical Society.
In addition to the classroom activities, there will be several short lectures by local researchers designed to provide an overview of the variety of astronomical research taking place in the state of New Hampshire. These will include lecturers from both UNH and Dartmouth College.
The program will include a survey of the electromagnetic spectrum and how it is used in astronomy, including both visible and invisible parts of the spectrum. Gamma ray astronomy, the subject of the associated technical symposium, covers a large segment of the invisible region of the spectrum. Studies of this invisible radiation have provided astronomers with insights into various high-energy phenomena, including gamma ray bursts, black holes, neutrons stars, supernovae, quasars and solar flares.
Event organizers include McConnell; Eleanor Abrams, UNH Department of Education; Martina Arndt, UNH graduate student in physics; Jan Derby, Christa McAuliffe Planetarium; Douglas Duncan, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago; Chris Harper, Pinkerton Academy; Sally Jensen, Holderness Central School; James Ryan, UNH Department of Physics; and Gary Wegner, Dartmouth College Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Astronomy Education Workshop
|Alvirne High School||Hudson|
|Bow Memorial School||Bow|
|Coe-Brown Northwood Academy||Northwood|
|Comprehensive Grammar School||Methuen, MA|
|Conant High School||Jaffrey|
|Concord High School||Concord|
|Crisp Elementary School||Nashua|
|Deerfield Community School||Deerfield|
|Dover Children's Home||Dover|
|Dover Middle School||Dover|
|Gilford Middle & High School||Gilford|
|Goffstown High School||Goffstown|
|Goshen-Lempster Coop School||East Lempster|
|Green Acres School||Manchester|
|Hampton Academy Junior High||Hampton|
|Harvard Elementary School||Harvard, MA|
|Holderness Central School||Holderness|
|Josiah Bartlett Elementary School||Bartlett|
|Keene Middle School||Keene|
|Lancaster Middle School||Lancaster|
|Lebanon Junior High||Lebanon|
|Maple Street School||Contoocook|
|Mastricola Middle School||Merrimack|
|Miles River Middle School||South Hamilton, MA|
|Oyster River High School||Durham|
|Pennichuck Junior High||Nashua|
|Rochester Middle School||Rochester|
|Rundlett Middle School||Concord|
|Sacred Heart School||Hampton|
|Salem High School||Salem|
|Sant Bani School||Sanbornton|
|Sunapee Middle High School||Sunapee|
|Wilkins Elementary School||Amherst|
|Woodsville High School||Woodsville|
September 2, 1999