AAS Meeting #193 - Austin, Texas, January 1999
Session 33. Astronomy Education and Outreach
Display, Thursday, January 7, 1999, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall 1

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[33.06] The Universe at Your Fingertips: An Activity and Resource Notebook for the Teaching of Astronomy

Andrew Fraknoi (A.S.P. \& Foothill Coll.)

As part of an NSF-supported education project that brings professional and amateur astronomers into 5th through 9th grade classrooms and community groups, we have produced an 813-page notebook of hands-on astronomy activities and teaching resources. Distributed through the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's non-profit catalog, the 3-hole punched notebook is now in the hands of over 11,000 users around the world, including a number of college instructors and participants in several other national astronomy education projects. The notebook collects some 90 exemplary activities from many sources that have been classroom "battle-tested" (ranging from sky observing to very basic cosmology), together with a wide range of annotated resource lists, teaching hints, and reference materials for teachers. A table of contents and some sample activities and resource lists can be found on the web at: www.aspsky.org/html/astro/univ.html. A roughly 300-page supplement with new activities and updated resource guides (compiled by Dennis Schatz of the Pacific Science Center and the present author) should be available by mid-1999.

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The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: fraknoi@admin.fhda.edu

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