AAS Meeting #194 - Chicago, Illinois, May/June 1999
Session 70. Astronomy and Education
Display, Wednesday, June 2, 1999, 10:00am-6:30pm, Southwest Exhibit Hall

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[70.20] Comets in the Classroom

J. A. Goetz, J. L. Pipher, E. Kort (University of Rochester)

We proposed a partnership with the Rochester (New York) City School District to enhance their space science curriculum through teacher training seminars designed to increase teachers' knowledge of astronomy. On 1 April 1998, we facilitated the third grade science in-service program. We presented background science information on the Moon and demonstrated hands-on activities that teachers could transfer to their classrooms. During the 1998-99 school year, we visited several middle schools within the school district to facilitate the ``Comet in the Classroom'' program with sixth grade teachers. ``Comets in the Classroom'' presents background knowledge about comets and explains several hands-on activities regarding comets and their travels through the inner solar system. This work is funded through NASA's Initiative to Develop Education through Astronomy and Space Sciences (IDEAS) program.

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