New dates and registration deadlines. Our perception of the universe through making observations and inferences; getting ready for the 2023 annular and 2024 total solar eclipses; using telescopes to reveal the unseen; planetary systems; and more! Registration deadline is now October 10, 11:59 pm PT. Details below
October 19 through January 25 / October 19: asynchronous activities begin; Live Sessions: October 26, November 9, November 30, December 14, January 11, January 25
The ASP recognizes the challenges teachers have faced with the current school year and in an effort to increase participation, we are delaying the start of the Institute. See below for new registration deadline and workshop dates.
For millennia humans have looked to the sky, finding patterns which in many ways continue to govern our lives. With the development of the telescope and other tools to decipher the light from distant objects, we now have the ability to both observe and describe celestial phenomena, including the composition and processes behind what we see.
In this Virtual Astronomy Institute we will explore our perceptions of the universe, and ways we can engage those we work with in the current understanding of what is taking place. From present day Earth to the ancient glow of the Big Bang, we will journey through space and time as we explore our place in the greater cosmos, expanding our own understanding and experience of the universe of which we are a part.
Fall Themes and Content: Our perception of the universe through making observations and inferences; lunar exploration and getting ready for the 2023 annular and 2024 total solar eclipses; using telescopes to reveal the unseen; Earth systems and planetary science; and more!
What: Each twelve week course includes six 1.5 hour live sessions, with time between sessions for individual explorations and reflections as well as trying out a variety of activities. Live sessions will include small group discussions, interactive activities for use with learners in your own programs, and brief explanatory lectures. An asynchronous discussion forum will allow for sharing of ideas and explorations in between live sessions.
Who: People with an interest in enhancing their knowledge and ability to share the wonders of the universe: classroom teachers, museum educators, park interpreters, out of school time youth leaders, amateur astronomers, college and university faculty.
University Credit: Earn 2 semester graduate credits for the Institute! Both the Fall and Winter combined session must be taken. Available through the University of the Pacific Continuing Education program. Information to come soon.
New Fall Session Dates:
Asynchronous Start Date
October 19 - Welcome email and assignment that includes posting in the forum prior to the first Live Session.
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PT - Tuesdays October 26, November 9, 30, December 14, January 11, 25
REGISTRATION deadline is now October 10