AAS 202nd Meeting, May 2003
Session 10 Astronomy Education: Middle School to College
Poster, Monday, May 26, 2003, 9:20am-6:30pm, West Exhibit Hall

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[10.01] Engaging High School Students in Space Science Projects and Research

I. Robbins, K. Rowan (College of Staten Island, CUNY), K. Brathwaite, W. C. Harris (Medgar Evers College, CUNY), T. Tulsee (Queens College, CUNY), P. Michel (City College of New York, CUNY), I. Ekejiuba (Medgar Evers College, CUNY)

To stimulate interest in Space Science among urban high school students, the New York City Space Science Research Alliance (NYCSSRA) is initiating hands-on/inquiry-based research experiences and projects. In collaboration with the Discovery Institute at the College of Staten Island and the NASA PACE program at Medgar Evers College, astronomy/physics faculty in the NYCSSRA initiated a set of research-related activities that began with general Astronomy instruction. These activities have led to several projects: 1. construction of decameter radio telescopes; 2. research in the photometry and astrometry of asteroids; 3. classification of active galactic nuclei (AGN); and 4. robot construction and programming. In particular, the radio telescope project has an academic cross-section of students assisted by undergraduate Space Science and Computer Science majors. The objective is to have at least two high school sites become part of the Radio JOVE network. [Education/research projects are supported by NASA Space Science/Minority Initiative NAG5-10142, NASA MU-SPIN NCC5-530 and NASA PACE NAG5-9256.]

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: shermane@verizon.net

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