07/08/2019 08:30 am - 07/26/2019

Astronomy Modeling Workshop

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The Astronomy Modeling Workshop will be held on the campus of the University of Louisville, KY, from July 8 to 26, 2019.

Stephen Colbert (NC) and Doreen Grener (OH) will lead the very first Astronomy Modeling Workshop at the University of Louisville, KY from July 8-26.  This workshop is the product of a collaboration between AMTA and Global Hands On Universe and it has received grant funding from a NASA Kentucky Space Grant, award number: NNX15AR69H.

The grant funding allows AMTA to offer the Astronomy Workshop at UofL, offering a $500 stipend (paid post-workshop) to defray workshop costs for the first 16 registered participants outside a commuting distance from Louisville, KY.
Workshop participants will also have access to the Rauch Planetarium for up to 2 hours per week during the workshop.

The Astronomy Modeling curriculum resources that have been developed for this workshop address high school (and also some middle school) NGSS standards.  The units are designed around 4 guiding questions: 
How do we measure space?
How do objects interact in space?
How do we know about space and things in space?
How do objects form and evolve in space?
Participants will learn to study space the way astronomers do - they will abstract data from images for the laboratory activities using powerful (and free!) image analysis software.

Stephen Colbert teaches Honors Chemistry and Honors Earth Science at Wake Early College of Health & Sciences in Raleigh, NC.  He has implemented Modeling Instruction for eight years and served as a modeling workshop facilitator for four years.  He earned degrees in forestry from Northern Arizona University and the University of Florida and in soil science from NC State University.  Prior to teaching, Dr. Colbert worked 20+ years in natural resources consulting, research, and technology transfer. 

Doreen Grener currently teaches physics, forensics and earth/space science at Lakewood Local Schools in Hebron, Ohio.  While she has used Modeling Instruction for the past four years, she has 40+ years teaching experience in public, private and college classrooms.  At some point during that career, Doreen has taught mostly physics with a wide spattering of chemistry,  biology, earth science and forensics.  At the college level she was involved with science methods and teacher preparation.  Undergraduate and doctoral degrees included course work in geology, comprehensive science, climate change, environmental and science education from Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University.

Costs: $800 ($75 deposit to reserve a seat in the workshop)
Leaders: Stephen Colbert and Doreen Grener
Location: University of Louisville
Registration Deadline: extended to June 1, 2019

Participants will be responsible for travel to/from Louisville, meals throughout the workshop, and lodging.  Lodging options include convenient on-campus housing, $680 (single room) or $560 (double room) for 3 weeks (check in July 7, check out July 27) or participants may choose local hotels, but a car (or Uber) would be needed to travel to campus. 

You have the option to pay in full now or make a $75 down payment to reserve your seat in the workshop.  If you prefer to make a down payment, please fill out the form below, click "Pay Later," and then click the link provided to update or add your credit card.  

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