From Pinholes to Space Telescopes:
How Telescopes Work
Online Workshop for Educators From the ASP's Teacher Learning Center
Available Sessions Listed Below
Explore what pinhole viewers and giant telescopes have in common through using lenses to construct a basic model of a telescope.
A series of 4 one-hour online webinars about optics and the evolution of the telescope.
While most people have a basic idea about how lenses work, they frequently don't know how telescopes use lenses and mirrors together to organize light to form images of distant objects. The behavior of light is examined with a pinhole projector and lenses of differing focal lengths. Scaffolded explorations of the properties of both light and lenses will help develop a more complete understanding, culminating in the construction of a simple telescope.
Participants will receive a set of 24 Galileoscopes shipped directly to their school or institution after the third week workshop. We will then offer a delayed fourth week of the workshop, after everyone has received their shipments, to learn how to assemble the Galileoscopes and make observations of objects in the sky with them.
Participants will gain the following through participation in the workshop:
- Hands-on experience with demonstrations of light and optics;
- An education toolkit with the materials needed for implementing these demos in their classrooms;
- A free set of 24 Galileoscopes, upon successful completion of the first three weeks of the workshop (shipping charges may apply outside of the continental US*);
- Strategies we have found to be successful in engaging learners of all ages;
- Access to the astronomy experts who will facilitate the workshop;
- Opportunities for rich online forum discussions with about 35 other classroom educators also participating in the workshop;
- A free one-year membership to the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
* Applicants from Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, and US Territories may be required to cover additional shipping charges.
Workshop participants must:
- Work or volunteer as an educator, preferably at a school or an afterschool program located in the United States, U.S. Territories, Canada, or Mexico.
- Attend a weekly live one-hour webinar, and the rest of the tasks can be completed as they best fit into your own schedule. Plan to spend 3-4 hours per week on tasks related to the workshop. The live sessions will also be recorded and available for later review.
- Have access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.
- Have access to a dark space for trying various optics investigations.
For more information, contact Brian Kruse: firstname.lastname@example.org
This workshop is partially funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
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