AAS 199th meeting, Washington, DC, January 2002
Session 23. Astronomy Education
Display, Monday, January 7, 2002, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[23.07] The National Computational Science Institute: Computational Astronomy for Astronomy Educators

D. A. Joiner, R. M. Panoff (The Shodor Education Foundation, Inc.)

The mission of the National Computational Science Institute is to improve science, math, engineering, and technology education at all levels by training undergraduate faculty in the use of computational science as a means of increasing inquiry based learning in their classrooms. Formed in the summer of 2001, NCSI plans to sponsor faculty workshops and produce online material to assist educators in all areas of SMET, including astronomy. NCSI is an extension of a National Science Foundation Undergraduate Faculty Enhancement program, the Shodor Computational Science Institute, which ran summer workshops in North Carolina for educators in the southeastern United States from 1998-2001. NCSI is currently seeking NSF funding to increase its efforts throughout the US. One program in development by NCSI is an online course entitled Computational Astronomy for Astronomy Educators, which will focus on the needs of introductory undergraduate and pre-college astronomy courses.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: djoiner@shodor.org

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