The Eighth Annual Telescopes For Teachers
A 32 Clock Hour In-Service Class for Science Teachers
Wednesday August 3 through Saturday August 6, 2016 - 8 pm to 4 am
At Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center at Olympic National park, outside Port Angeles, WA
Taught by John Goar, Certified Master Observer and Classroom Teacher
How would you like to learn to use telescopes to increase your student’s interest in science? This course will teach the motivating power of observational astronomy. You will use Dobsonian telescopes of various sizes (6, 8, 10, 12.5 and 20 inch aperture) equipped with Tel-rad finders. These are among the easiest telescopes to use. You will learn how to find interesting objects in the sky and will develop a portfolio of targets that you can share with your students. Working at night, you will spend time both in the classroom and on the telescope field. Hurricane Ridge provides very dark skies, which allows you to see objects in the sky much better. You will be provided a basic star map and materials to make an observation log. In addition, a text will be used and will be available for free loan or for sale – your choice. It is:
Practical Skywatching by David Levy & John O'Byrne, Fog City Press, 2002.
Specific topics will include:
1.) Astronomical models through history
2.) Types of telescopes and how they work
3.) Telescope accessories, including eyepieces and filters
4.) Observing techniques and star hopping
5.) Sky maps and constellations
6.) The apparent motion of objects in the sky, both over the course of a night and over the course of a year
7.) Easy targets for the telescope. Examples will include the Moon, planets and their moons, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, planetary nebulae and galaxies.
8.) Logging observations
9.) Types of stars and stellar evolution
10.) Factors to consider when purchasing a telescope
Topics NOT covered include:
1.) Astrophysics and theories of the history of the universe (Big Bang, etc.)
3.) Using refractor or Cassegrain telescopes and equatorial mounts
4.) Computer control of telescopes
Of all the topics in a science curriculum and in the Washington State Standards, the area that more teachers are under-prepared for is astronomy. This course will teach the motivating power of observational astronomy. Telescopes will be provided (loaned) to teachers who will work in teams. Teachers will learn how to find interesting objects in the sky and will develop a portfolio of targets that they can share with their students. The teachers will spend time both in the classroom and at night on the telescope field.
The class meets from 8 at night until 4 in the morning beginning on Wednesday night.
There is no fee for the class, but clock hours from OESD will cost $2 for each clock hour.
TO SIGN-UP, e-mail John Goar at firstname.lastname@example.org Please include where and what you teach and contact info for you for summer.
Please e-mail me if you have any questions. Enrollment limit: 10.
John Goar will offer a class to teachers called TELESCOPES FOR TEACHERS.
Olympic Telescope Telescopes For Teachers