AAS 197, January 2001
Session 54. Education and Public Outreach
Joint Display, Tuesday, January 9, 2001, 9:30am-7:00pm, Exhibit Hall

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[54.09] Helping the Public Touch the Stars -- Programs of the Lake Afton Public Observatory

D. R. Alexander, G. R. Novacek, W. S. Kardel (Wichita St. U.)

The staff of the Lake Afton Public Observatory have been providing programs for the public and school groups for nearly twenty years. While we have many types of programs and activities, our overall objective is to demonstrate to our visitors that science is fun and can be understood by everyone. Programs at the Observatory are organized around an observing theme, with time built in to explore our interactive exhibits. Observatory staff or volunteers are always available to interact with visitors, so that each person has a personalized experience at the Observatory.

Because observatories, by necessity, are often located at somewhat remote sites, we should not wait for the public to come to us. As a result, we sponsor a wide range of programs and activities in schools to help children experience the excitement of science. These activities include specially designed learning centers which we introduce with a visit to a classroom. Each learning center has been designed to guide student inquiry as they explore a single topic in astronomy. After our introduction of a learning center, it is left in the classroom for two weeks for students to explore further. Information about the programs of the Observatory is available at our web site (http://www.twsu.edu/~obswww/).

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The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: dra@twsuvm.uc.twsu.edu

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