The greater universe beyond our solar system; what do we see when we look up at the night sky; stellar classification and evolution; planets around distant stars and their potential as abodes of life; and more! Register by January 7, 2022. Details below
January 18 through April 19 / January 18: asynchronous activities begin for those taking only the winter session Live Sessions: February 8, February 22, March 8, March 22, April 5, April 19
New Workshop Dates Announced!
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 Winter registration deadline and new live 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.
Winter Themes and Content: The greater universe beyond our solar system; what do we see when we look up at the night sky; stellar classification and evolution; planets around distant stars and their potential as abodes of life; 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.
Asynchronous Start Date
January 18 - Welcome email and assignment that includes posting in the forum prior to the first Live Session.
New Live Sessions dates:
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PT - Tuesdays February 8, February 22, March 8, March 22, April 5, April 19
REGISTER by January 7, 2022