REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JULY 12, 2020
Vera C. Rubin Observatory is developing a series of online astronomy investigations that provide a pathway for students to engage in a rich and interactive experience. These investigations offer an innovative way to bring real astronomical data into your classroom.
The activities are suitable for students at the advanced middle school through introductory (non-science major) college levels. Instructors, informal educators and teacher-trainers for all of these levels are welcome.
Each day, we will meet online for two hours, starting at 8am HST/ 10am AKDT/ 11am PDT/11am Arizona/ 12 pm MDT/ 1pm CDT/ 2pm EDT. Participants are expected to spend an additional hour offline each day.
During each online session, you will get a short subject matter overview, have a chance to collaboratively work through an activity in breakout rooms, and engage in conversations with peers about how the investigations and related support materials can be adapted to work in your classroom contexts and support your learning outcomes.
The topics we will cover are:
Each day, you will be asked to reflect on the materials you worked with and will fill out two evaluations-one for the online investigation and one on some specific related support materials, such as an assessment, teacher guide, etc.
Each online session will be recorded, and if you are registered, you will receive access to the recording and each day's materials so you can complete the online and offline sessions.
Yes. Each investigation has been designed with NGSS in mind and comes with assessments, rubrics and scoring guides, and other support materials.
First, you get a chance to polish up your content knowledge. You will be some of the first people to see what we are developing, and your feedback will help to optimize these investigations for future students and teachers. NESTA will provide professional development *certificates of participation to all participants who complete the workshop. There will be drawings for gift cards for those who complete all five days of the workshop. Participants will, at their option, be added to the Rubin Observatory EPO e-mail list for updates about future sessions and opportunities to pilot test materials. *Certificates of participation are available only to those who complete both the online and offline portions of the workshop.