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Session 81 - IDEA's in Astronomy.
Oral session, Thursday, June 13
Old Madison,

[81.01] Integrating Astronomy with Elementary Non-Science Curricula

M. Bobrowsky (CTA)

A workshop was developed for elementary school teachers to enhance students' understanding of astronomy during the formative years of elementary school by incorporating astronomy into various non-science curricula. Educational material was compiled for teachers and students and training was provided for the teachers in the form of a workshop where both information and hands-on activities were disseminated. In addition, we are producing a video tape from the workshop which will be available not only to those who attended the workshop but to other teachers as well. A useful ``multiplier effect" in this project came from our focus on a school that was hosting a group of teachers in training. After these teachers receive certification, they will end up working in all different schools, thereby reaching large numbers of students for many years. The non-scientific subjects that we will connect to astronomy include history, music, art, language arts, social studies, and mathematics, as well as incidental subjects such as health and public safety.

Support for this work was provided by NASA through grant number ED90024.01-94A from the Space Telescope Science Institute which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy Inc.\ under NASA Contract NAS5-26555.

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