Improving the Astronomy in Schools


Good suggestions of teaching techniques I can use with my kids.
Best workshop I have been to!  Great mix of content and pedagogical discussion.
Dr. Larry was a dynamic speaker.
Awesome all the way around.
          -- Participant comments from the 2011 Mississippi Space Grant Workshops at Rainwater Observatory

I attended one of Larry's presentations at a GSTA regional conference.  He showed me how to relate some of the more perplexing concepts of astronomy in ways my students easily grasped.  Had I not been able to use Larry's experience to inform my teaching I would have wasted valuable time looking for the solutions he so clearly provided.  Larry Krumenaker is an incredible resource.  He  provides everything one would want from an in-service workshop:  depth of experience in his field, engaging as a presenter, flexible for and responsive to his audience. 

I highly recommend a "Larry" workshop for anyone interested in an efficient way to increase the content and pedagogical depth in the astronomy classroom.  �Kevin McReynolds, high school science teacher, Winder, GA

Dr. Krumenaker  helped me to learn new information and to change some misconceptions that I had about topics relating to astronomy!  His knowledge about astronomy and ideas about how to teach it make him an incredibly valuable resource.  I would recommend Dr. Krumenaker and his services to any teacher who teaches astronomy at any level.  � Lindsay Phillips, Fourth Grade Teacher, DeKalb County, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Larry Krumenaker�s extensive background experience and expertise in the science of astronomy, physical sciences, and science education was the backbone of our collaborative work with teachers, students and administrators at Taliaferro County K-12 school as part of a DOE Improving Teacher Quality Grant.  � Deborah J. Tippins, Ph.D., Professor of Science Education, University of Georgia

Some Past Workshops and Events

Georgia Science Teachers Assn Annual Conferences, Athens
  • Eye Spy--More to Spectroscopy than Gas Tubes
  • The Nature of Science Through the Use of a Ping Pong Ball as Venus
  • The Status and Makeup of Georgia High School Astronomy
  • How to Create A High School Astronomy Course

Taliaferro County Schools,   Georgia 

  • Locating Stars and Constellations

DeKalb County GA 4th Grade Teachers

  • Star Patterns and When You Can See Them
  • Moon Phases

Georgia Science Teachers Assn - Savannah, GA 

  • Let's Bomb the Moon!
  • Walking Earth, Finding Mars
  • Astronomy, Middle and High School, GPS and AYP

Korean Association of Science Teachers

  • Let's Bomb the Moon!  Moon crater classification and organizer activity.

Gyeongi Province Earth Science Teachers Assn

  • Let's Bomb the Moon! Moon crater classification and organizer activity.

Queen's University, Ontario

  • Master classes on misconceptions and modeling them into inquiry lessons
  • Moon crater classification and organizer activity.

Rainwater Observatory, French Camp, Mississippi state astronomy teachers workshops

  • Friday evening - star patterns--making them, seeing them
  • Saturday all day session -- Some pedagogical background; Moon phases and the Sun; Let's Bomb the Moon; Misconceptions Turned Into Inquiry; A Human Solar System explores Kepler and conjunctions; a Tour of Astronomy in Schools Around the World

Ring of Fire in the Valley of Fire Tour and Workshops, Las Vegas and surrounding areas, NV

  • Observations and training sessions for the annular eclipse of the Sun - Use of Vernier sensors, what to observe during an eclipse; a planetarium show.  Observed and photographed the eclipse with a variety of instrucments, monitored temperature, sky light and color during the eclipse.
Louisiana Arts and Sciences Museum, Baton Rouge, LA annual teachers workshop
  • Morning sessions  - Moon rotation and phase misconception busting; Modeling the different causes of the seasons; Orbits of the Planets and how to find them in the sky.
  • Afternoon sessions - Introduction to the Sky; Three Basic Pieces of Data; Atomic and Lighting spectra and light pollution
Florida AAPT Section meeting, Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL
  • Lights Fantastique and The Atomic Hotel - Continuous (thermal) and Absorption/Emission spectra (atomic) and what they tell us: the shift in color peak with temperature, the human eye color response curve, spectra of elements in the Sun, how electrons move between orbital levels and create spectra, grading the college's outdoor lighting with spectra.
Louisiana Arts and Sciences Museum, Baton Rouge, LA annual teachers workshop
  • Morning sessions  - Moon rotation and phase misconception busting; Modeling the different causes of the seasons; Orbits of the Planets and how to find them in the sky;  What to do with a total lunar eclipse.
  • Afternoon sessions - The Atomic Hotel and the structure of atoms, the emission and absorption spectra of atoms.

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