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Galileo Goes to Mars

A Hands-on Workshop on Astronomy for Teachers in Grades 3 – 12
(and those who work with them)

Part of the 124th Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific Celebrating the Year of the Solar System and the Landing of the Curiosity Rover on Mars

Saturday, August 4, 2012, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, August 5, 2012, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
DoubleTree Hotel Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ

Workshop participants will explore:

  • Classroom-tested, standards-based, hands-on astronomy activities (with a focus on the solar system)
  • The development of students' understanding of science and science reasoning skills
  • How astronomy and space science fit into the new science framework and standards
  • Historical and multi-cultural perspectives on astronomy
  • Why the world won't end in 2012 (despite what you hear on tabloid TV and the Internet) and why your students will still be taking tests in 2013!
  • How to keep up with (and teach about) recent developments in our exploration of the universe
  • The wealth of astronomy teaching resources now available (each person will receive "The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0," a collection of 133 classroom-ready activities and many other teaching resources on DVD-ROM)

No background in astronomy is required. The Astronomical Society of the Pacific has been offering national workshops on teaching astronomy since 1980. This workshop is part of our national "Galileo Teacher Training Workshop" series, begun in 2009, during the 400th anniversary celebration of Galileo's telescope.

We welcome both novice and veteran science teachers, and will have a track especially for teachers who may be just a bit nervous about having to include astronomical ideas in their curriculum.

$75 for both days (includes the new Universe at Your Fingertips DVD, a $30 value.)
Registration is limited and will be accepted in the order received.
The deadline for priority registration is June 10, 2012, but register soon to be assured of a place.

Registration information and form.

You will receive a certificate of participation to present to your district for professional advancement.

Scholarships for registration and travel assistance are available for a limited number of teachers whose classrooms include a significant number of Hispanic or Native American students. For more information see our scholarships page.

For teachers who can stay, we will have a "Mars party" and live feed from the landing of the Curiosity Rover on Mars, late Sunday evening, Aug. 5th.

For more information send an email to: gttp {at}

Teachers are also invited to register for our symposium on "Communicating Science" Aug. 6 - 8. 


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