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Bay Area Project ASTRO Workshops

Bring the Wonders of the Universe to Your Future Classroom!

Astronomy in the Classroom for Pre-service Teachers

Specifically designed for pre-service teachers, this workshop will engage participants in inquiry-based teaching methods for presenting earth and space science content; and NASA-developed education resources useful in the classroom. This professional development opportunity includes a general introduction to basic concepts in astronomy, including the pedagogy of conducting hands-on activities which emphasize science practices in the context of the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards, and connections to the Common Core Standards. Each participant will receive ASP’s best-selling The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD-ROM education resource, a $30 value.

Target Audience: Future Elementary, Middle, and High School Teachers who will include science content in their curriculum
Cost: FREE to individuals enrolled in a pre-service teacher program
Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014, 9:00am-12:30pm
Location: College of San Mateo Science Department and Planetarium, San Mateo, CA

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Build Your Own Telescope!

Using the Galileoscope to Teach Light and Optics in the Classroom

Learn about how telescopes work and how to use the Galileoscope in your classroom. Through hands-on activities in light and optics, workshop participants will learn about the behavior of light and build their own Galileoscope, modeled on the telescope Galileo used to observe mountains on the Moon, the moons of Jupiter, the phases of Venus, and more! Each teacher participant will receive a set of Galileoscopes for use in their classroom. Space is limited so register early!

Target Audience: 3rd – 9th grade teachers; interested educators of all grade levels
Cost: $30
Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015, 9:00am-1:00pm
Location TBD

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For more information about any of these workshops, send an email to Brian Kruse: bayareaastro {at}