AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 77 Astronomy for K-12
Poster, Thursday, June 3, 2004, 9:20am-4:00pm, Ballroom

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[77.01] Telescopes in Education: the Little Thompson Observatory

A.E. Schweitzer (Little Thompson Observatory), T.T. Melsheimer (Meridian Controls and LTO)

The Little Thompson Observatory is the first community-built E/PO observatory that is accessible to other schools remotely, via the Internet. This observatory is the second member of the Telescopes in Education (TIE) project. The observatory is located on the grounds of Berthoud High School in northern Colorado. The observatory will celebrate its fifth anniversary in summer 2004, and we are planning to expand the building to accommodate our growing number of visitors!

We are grateful to have received an IDEAS grant to provide teacher training workshops for K-12 schools to make use of the observatory, including remote observing from classrooms. Students connect to the observatory over the Internet, and then receive the images back on their local computers. We have recently submitted ROSS E/PO proposals toward future teacher programs.

A committee of teachers and administrators from the Thompson School District selected these workshops to count towards Incentive Credits (movement on the salary schedule) because the course meets the criteria: “Learning must be directly transferable to the classroom with students and relate to standards, assessment and/or technology.” Our program is also accredited by Colorado State University.

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