AAS 203rd Meeting, January 2004
Session 59 Get'em Hooked: Pre-college Astronomy
Poster, Tuesday, January 6, 2004, 9:20am-6:30pm, Hanover Hall

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[59.07] Educational Exchanges Across the Equator

D.J. Norman (NOAO-S/NSF AAPF), C.E. Walker (NOAO), M. Smith (AURA/NOAO), S.M. Pompea (NOAO), D. Orellana (REDLASER)

What is color? What is light? How can we use a spectrometer to help students understand the answers to these questions? Even half a world apart and between people of different languages and cultures, how to teach these ideas to students can be a lively subject for discussion. And it is!

Aided by Internet 2-based videoconferencing, NOAO North and South have sponsored three teacher professional development videoconference workshops, dubbed ASTRO-Chile, linking teachers in Tucson, AZ, and La Serena, Chile. The teachers exchange methods and ideas about how to explain and demonstrate physical concepts, important to the study of astronomy, to students of various ages. The workshops are conducted in Spanish with four bilingual science teachers from the Tucson area discussing pedagogical approaches with their teaching counterparts in Chile. Demonstrations and project presentations, from both sites, are included as part of each workshop.

This work is supported, in part, through funding from the NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship.

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