Space Science includes the classical field of astronomy, but also astrophysics, cosmology, rocketry, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and more. It is a field that captures the attention and enthusiasm of students of all ages.
Science educators face the wonderful, yet daunting task of teaching such a dynamic and constantly changing field. And they need to challenge, dazzle, and inspire a generation that has ‘seen it all’ on a little screen.
Through lecture and demonstration, hands on participation, and group discussion, this two-day course will provide key ideas in space science, modeling and practicing multiple experiments that every teacher can do in the classroom. Essential classroom equipment, safety training, and Next Generation Science Standards will also be discussed.
Past participants in this workshop have come from a broad range of grade levels and all over the curricular map. Space science captivates students of all ages and is relevant for teachers in all disciplines. A specific effort will be made to poll participants and craft the workshop to meet the specific needs of the teachers. This workshop is never exactly the same twice, and some teachers have even taken it more than once.