June 25 – June 30, 2017
The Exeter Astronomy Conference is a weeklong meeting of secondary school astronomy educators of all levels. The goal is to gather 14 teachers from around the United States to:
- Share their experiences as astronomy educators,
- Generate long-term collaborations between astronomy programs at various schools,
- Learn about changes to the science of astronomy and to astronomy education,
- Revitalize and refresh astronomy educators.
Applicants will be chosen such that individuals from a diverse astronomy education background are involved. This will allow us to share our knowledge and spread our experiences.
Topics in past years' conferences have included:
- Tips and tricks for successful astronomy education.
- Goals of astronomy courses: Syllabus construction to accommodate the rapid developments in the science.
- Meeting the needs of the students and the course: Prerequisites.
- Textbooks and software: available resources for the educator.
- Observing Components: Computer use in the field.
- Merging observational astronomy into classroom discussion.
- Equipment Selection: Cost versus performance analysis.
- Equipment use: From binoculars to CCD imagers.
- External Resources: User groups, associations, planetariums, other schools, etc.
- Course-long projects in observational astronomy.
Food and lodging are provided by the Academy. Limited travel funds are available.
Professional Development Credit
Participants will earn 40 clock hours toward professional development goals. At the conclusion of the conference, you will receive a clock hour letter addressed to your school as well as a certificate of completion.