The Exeter Astronomy Conference
June 23 – June 28, 2013
The Exeter Astronomy Conference is a weeklong meeting of secondary school astronomy educators of all levels. The goal is to gather 14 teachers from around the United States to:
- Share their experiences as astronomy educators,
- Generate long-term collaborations between astronomy programs at various schools,
- Learn about changes to the science of astronomy and to astronomy education,
- Revitalize and refresh astronomy educators.
Applicants will be chosen such that individuals from a diverse astronomy education background are involved. This will allow us to share our knowledge and spread our experiences. Topics for this year’s conference include:
- Tips and tricks for successful astronomy education.
- Goals of astronomy courses: Syllabus construction to accommodate the rapid developments in the science.
- Meeting the needs of the students and the course: Prerequisites.
- Textbooks and software: available resources for the educator.
- Observing Components:
- Computer use in the field.
- Merging observational astronomy into classroom discussion.
- Equipment Selection: Cost versus performance analysis.
- Equipment use: From binoculars to CCD imagers.
- External Resources: User groups, associations, planetariums, other schools, etc.
- Course-long projects in observational astronomy.
Food and lodging are provided by the Academy. Limited travel funds available.
John A. Blackwell
Director of Grainger Observatory