2006 ASP Annual Award Recipients
J. Brennan Award
Belmont High School, USA
Thomas Morin has taught at Belmont High School in Belmont, New Hampshire, for 25 years. He has designed different levels of high school astronomy courses, including individual research. He conducts community astronomy "star parties" and "star barbeques," and currently he is constructing a mobile observatory. Morin has conducted workshops in the U.S. and internationally, and he has taught web-based courses for Hands-on Universe (HOU) at the University of California at Berkeley. He co-developed an integrated science and math curriculum (Astro-Math) for high school juniors and seniors. Astro-Math students apply the latest computer technology to astronomy investigations, such as supernovae and asteroid searches and measurement of size, distance, and brightness of near-earth and intergalactic objects. Additionally, Morin has mentored other science teachers in research based science curriculum. Writes nominator Gary Sampson, "I have come to know Tom as a student-centered, gifted teacher, who goes far beyond the usual teacher requirements." A fellow teacher notes that "Tom is able to create a tremendous amount of excitement among students in having them do real science, not just simulations." Thomas Morin has been a recipient of the NEWMAST and National Honors Teacher Award in Science and Math.