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A week of professional development for K-12 educators
July 30 - August 2, 2019
From 8:30 AM to 4 PM daily

Join the Dudley Observatory at miSci for a workshop focused on New York State P-12 Space Systems Science Learning Standards. This 4-day summer institute for science teachers (elementary – high school) will strengthen your content knowledge of astronomy and help you and your schools develop curriculum for astronomy and planetary geology.

The institute includes engaging lectures by Dudley Observatory Chief Astronomer Dr. Valerie Rapson, teaching strategies, hands-on classroom activities, and solar and night-time observing. 
Topics to include:

  • Constellations and stellar motions
  • Moon phases and seasons
  • Planets in the solar system
  • Stellar evolution
  • Exoplanets
  • Galaxy evolution and black holes
  • Big bang and cosmology
  • Meteorites
  • How to use a telescope
The workshop will focus on material covered in the Space Systems Science Learning Standards in grade 5, middle school, and high school, but teachers of any grade level are welcome to attend.

There will also be an evening star party at the new Dudley Observatory on Thursday 8/1 from 7-10 PM, as well as opportunities to see the Suits-Bueche Planetarium and Challenger Learning Center at miSci.

Participating teachers will receive digital copies of all presentations and materials.
July 30 - August 2, 2019
8:30 AM - 4 PM daily
Plus, one optional evening (Thurs 8/1)
15 Nott Terrace Heights
Schenectady, NY 12308
$325 for the week
Includes light breakfast and lunch daily
CTLE Credit Available
CTLE credit is available by registering separately through the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center.
Dr. Valerie Rapson
Chief Astronomer
Dr. Rapson earned her Ph.D. in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. As Chief Astronomer of Dudley Observatory at miSci, she teaches the wonders of space to people of all ages.

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15 Nott Terrace Heights
Schenectady, NY 12308