Improving the Astronomy in Schools

     Astronomy is the mostinterdisciplinary science, covering topics fromphysics to biology to chemistry, math to language to history. It is inour various worldcultures, from the calendar to myths totoday�s moderntechnology.  Kepler�s 17-th centurylaws of planetary motion govern GPS andcommunication satellites and your remote�s infrared light wasdiscovered by William Herschel, the discoverer of Uranus.

     In addition,astronomy is the rare science that evennon-professionals can make acontribution, it can be a lifelong hobby, and students always love todothings involving astronomy even in other classes and lessons.

     Why should you be teaching astronomy?

  • Knowledge ofastronomy will help youunderstand more about science works.
  • It is in virtually every state standards, somewhere, and especially in the K-8 grades.  
  • It is part of every national standard, bookmark, and strongly present in the Earth Science and Physics areas of the Next Generation Science Standards
  • It will be tested in many state-level tests and science tests for college admission; if you don't teach astronomy, who will?
  • Astronomy is THE sciencethat can captureand inspire nearly every child�s interestand imagination.

      Even if astronomy isn't in your particular grade or course standards, it CAN beincorporated, to make students spark!

    The To Teach The Stars Workshops are tailored to your standards and teachers' needs of what they want to learn, or know better.  They are extremely interactive and hands-on, with topics taught in a way that teachers can model.  We use single-person and team activities, modeling, inquiry, empirical and observation methods, and NGSS practices, among many other pedagogical techniques.  And we've been teaching this stuff for a long time!

     We do in-service and pre-service training, we work with school children groups, and public outreach.  We offer an occasional teacher-oriented tour and, locally, we offer services to classes and home-schools.

Dr. K. on the Air!

Talking about the Grand Conjunction December 2020 - WTSU FM -In Focus With Carol Hutcheson-

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