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Joint Astronomy Centre Outreach - Galileo Teacher Class

Galileo Teacher Class

A year-long once-a-month free college-level astronomy class for teachers taught by JAC's Inge Heyer in Hilo and Kona involved hands-on activities for the class room. The publisher of the text book (W.H. Freeman) provided the books free of charge. Free facilities for the class were provided by the HWL DOE (Hilo) and WHEA (Kona). Please email us if you have questions.

Schedule

Classes were scheduled on the weekend of the third Saturday of each month. During this weekend, the Kona class at WHEA was on Saturday from 12:30pm until 4:30pm. The Hilo class was that Sunday at the Hilo DOE Conference Room #2 from 10am until 2pm. There were no classes in April, as I was away overseas almost the entire month.

Date   Location   Chapters/Topics
Jan 17 : Nelha (Kona) : Introduction: A Walk through the Field of Astronomy
NOTE: This class only starts at 1:30pm, due to Nelha business!
Jan 18 : Hilo DOE : Introduction: A Walk through the Field of Astronomy
January Class Notes:
Feb 21 : WHEA (Kona) : Constellations, the History of Astronomy II
Note: This class has been moved from Nelha to WHEA (West Hawaii Explorations Academy)!
Feb 22 : `Imiloa, Hilo DOE : Constellations
Note: The first hour of this class will be held at the `Imiloa Planetarium from 10-11am!
February Class Notes:
Mar 21 : WHEA (Kona) : Kepler, Newton, Earth-Moon Calculations, The Nature of Light, Cereal Box Spectroscope
Mar 22 : Hilo DOE : Kepler, Newton, Earth-Moon Calculations, The Nature of Light, Cereal Box Spectroscope
March Class Notes:
May 16 : WHEA (Kona) : The Nature of Light II, The Milky Way
May 17 : Hilo DOE : The Nature of Light II, The Milky Way
May Class Notes:
  • Photos:

    IYA Galileo Teacher Class at WHEA in Kona: Building a cereal box spectroscope and examining sunlight (16 May 2009).
    (Full size JPG image, 5.0 MB)

    IYA Galileo Teacher Class at the DOE in Hilo: Taking a break before venturing out into the Milky Way (17 May 2009).
    (Full size JPG image, 5.3 MB)

Jun 21 : Hilo DOE : Guest Speaker: Kumiko Usuda from Subaru
NOTE: There will be no Kona class this month due to too many absences.
Please all come to the Hilo class this month.
June Class Notes:
Jul 18 : WHEA (Kona) : The Moon (Ch.10), Comparative Planetology I+II (Ch.7+8), Extrasolar Planets
Jul 19 : Hilo DOE : The Moon (Ch.10), Comparative Planetology I+II (Ch.7+8), Extrasolar Planets
July Class Notes:
  • PowerPoint for Extrasolar Planets (PPT, 16.0 MB)
  • A picture of the Apollo landing sites on the Moon can be found here.
  • Solar System Ballet activity.
  • The hexagon on Saturn: During class at WHEA, one of you pointed out a truly weird feature on Saturn, a hexagon formation in the cloud layers near the northern pole. I had no idea what this is, so I asked one of my friends on the Cassini mission. Here is his answer: "Nobody has any idea what causes it. Really. Experimentalists can reproduce it (fluid in a spinning spherical containment vessel), but still don't know why a hexagon forms." See this weirdness for yourself here.
  • Photos:

    IYA Galileo Teacher Class at the DOE in Hilo: Heading out after exploring all kinds of planets (19 July 2009).
    (Full size JPG image, 5.0 MB)

Aug 15 : WHEA (Kona) : The Sun (Ch.18), Stellar Evolution I (Ch.20), Stellar Evolution II (Ch.21), Stellar Evolution III (Ch.22)
Aug 16 : Hilo DOE : The Sun (Ch.18), Stellar Evolution I (Ch.20), Stellar Evolution II (Ch.21), Stellar Evolution III (Ch.22)
August Class Notes:
Sep 19 : WHEA (Kona) : Neutron Stars (Ch.23), Black Holes (Ch.24), The Nature of Stars (Ch.19)
Sep 20 : Hilo DOE : Neutron Stars (Ch.23), Black Holes (Ch.24), The Nature of Stars (Ch.19)
September Class Notes:
Oct 17 : WHEA (Kona) : Galaxies (Ch.26), Building a GalileoScope
Oct 18 : Hilo DOE : Galaxies (Ch.26), Building a GalileoScope
October Class Notes:
Nov. 22 : `Imiloa, Hilo DOE : Visit to `Imiloa Plantetarium: astronomy visualization, Celestia Desktop Planetarium Demo
Note: Guest speaker: Dr. Andy Adamson (JAC/UKIRT) on Celestia
Note: The first hour of this class will be held at the `Imiloa Planetarium from 10-11am! Please be early!
The second part will be in the `Imiloa class room, since I couldn't get the DOE keys on Friday because
of furloughs. There will be no Kona class this month because the Kona class voted to come to Hilo to
attend the session at `Imiloa. Please all come to the Hilo class this month.
November Class Notes:
Dec 19 : WHEA (Kona) : Navigation, Attendance Certificates, Cosmology (Ch.28)
Note: Guest speaker: Kalepa Baybayan on navigation (Kona class only)!
Dec 20 : Hilo DOE : Attendance Certificates, Cosmology (Ch.28)
December Class Notes:

Website and Poster on Careers in Astronomy

There are many different jobs needed to run an observatory. Follow this link, and find out more about our employees, their jobs and their skills. And this link shows a poster (PDF, 11x17, 24 MB) illustrating the various jobs that are needed to run an observatory (hint: it's not just astronomers).

The Great 2012 Scare, and what you can do about it!

There's been a lot of nonsense going around about the supposed end of the Mayan Calendar in 2012 and the corresponding end of the world. This has no basis in fact, so please tell your students and their parents not to worry about this. To help you with your arguments, here is Your 2012 Defense Kit put together by Sky and Telescope Magazine and distributed by the American Astronomical Society (and hopefully many other groups).
See also:
NASA 2012 Comments
ASP Astronomy Beat
Cornell University Comments

Resources

Many more education resources and information can be found on the JAC Teacher Page.

A large number of science and educational links can be found on our Links Page.

Resources will be added here as they become available.

If there are any resources you'd like to see here, please email us.

Contact: JAC outreach. Updated: Tue Dec 7 17:22:59 HST 2010

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