Fall 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting

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Learning Science by Doing Science: Enabling 21st Century Astronomy Research in the Classroom

Time 12/05/06 04:30PM-05:30PM

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Session Abstract

This presentation provides an overview of a Web-based astronomy research collaboratory that uses astronomy cyberinfrastructure resources and tools to enable authentic scientific research by high school students. The initiative brings together the resources and experience of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey / National Virtual Observatory at Johns Hopkins University, The Adler Planetariun, Chicago IL, Hands-On Universe at the University of California at Berkeley, and the Northwestern University Collaboratory Project. An NSF Strategic Technologies for the Internet grant led by Northwestern University funded the development efforts. An NSF CI-TEAM demonstration project led by the Adler Planetarium is funding a pilot teacher professional development program. The START Collaboratory integrates access to gigabytes of searchable data and images from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and SkyServer tools into Web-based collaborative research journals that can be shared and discussed online. From these research journals, students can request observations from Internet controlled telescopes. These observations can be viewed with a Web visualization and measurement tool. What distinguishes this approach is being able to bring real data and real tools to students in ways that engage them in authentic research; generating useful scientific results just as professional astronomers do - learning science by doing science.


Speaker Gary Greenberg Northwestern University

Presentation Media

Secondary tracks Advancing Applications: What's Working? What's Not? What's Needed? Teaching and Learning, K20

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