AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 65 Astronomy in the K-12 Classrooms
Poster, Tuesday, 9:20am-6:30pm, January 10, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[65.05] Our Solar Connection: A themed Set of Activities for Grades 5-12

W.E. van der Veen (New Jersey Astronomy Center for Education), D.E. Gary (New Jersey Institute of Technology), A.C. Gallagher, J.M. Vinski (New Jersey Astronomy Center for Education)

The project is a partnership between the Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and the New Jersey Astronomy Center for Education (NJACE) at Raritan Valley Community College. It was supported by a NASA Education/Public Outreach grant from the Office of Space Science.

The project involved the development of a set of seven activities connected by the theme of solar magnetism and designed to meet the New Jersey Science Process Standards and the Science Core Curriculum Content Standards in Physics and Astronomy. The products include a 70-page teacher guide and an integrated CD-ROM with video clips, internet links, image sets used in the activities, and worksheets. The activities were presented at a series of teacher workshops. The teachers performed the activities themselves, learned additional background information on the Sun, solar magnetism, and the Sun-Earth connection, and were trained to use several items of equipment, which were made available in two “resource centers,” one at NJIT and one at NJACE.

In all, 81 teachers have been exposed to some or all of the activities. After the training, the teachers took the activities back to their classrooms, and 15 equipment to use with their students. Some teachers had access to, or had their schools purchase, Sunspotters and spectrometers rather than borrow the equipment. The success of the teacher training was assessed by questionnaires at the end of the workshops, by evaluation forms that the teachers filled out on returning the borrowed equipment.

If you would like more information about this abstract, please follow the link to http://www.astrosociety.org/education/publications/tnl/68/solar.html. This link was provided by the author. When you follow it, you will leave the Web site for this meeting; to return, you should use the Back comand on your browser.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: wvanderv@raritanval.edu

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