This has been a busy summer! As soon as I returned from the Mouse Squad Mozilla Webmaker Summer Institute I began a new adventure.NASA All-Star Program this summer at the University of Chicago. This program brings together earth/space, astronomy, and physics teachers and their students in a peer-led professional development workshop on Multiwavelength Astronomy. I am one of three CPS librarians that is participating in this program.
This is a wonderful opportunity for me to introduce astronomy topics into library curriculum as well as data literacy, and provide a basis for some great collaborations with classroom teachers. Participants use the Multiwavelength Astronomy website which has a wealth of stories on the history, science, tools, and impact of astronomy based on interviews with pioneering scientists. The most exciting aspect of this program is carrying out an authentic, astronomical research project using NASA Mission Data and data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Here are some pictures from the first week of the program.
|We made a Spectroscope|
|NASA All-Stars Program librarians hold the SDSS Plate|