A free program for your high school students to explore new topics about space through imagery on-line and other computer tools
Do your students enjoy exploring new topics about space through imagery on-line and other computer tools?
The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) Education and Public Outreach (EPO) group has created an out-of-school program that offers high school students opportunities to interact with scientists who work with large astronomical data sets in their scientific work. (The NOAO EPO group is considered leaders in the field of science education.)
The program can be described as a “Big Data Academy for High School Students.” The academy will last up to 2½ hours on Saturday mornings once a month, and will be planned with help from a group of interested local high school students. The topics covered by the Academy will be big data and astronomical explorations using large data sets, with a particular emphasis on the cutting-edge telescope being built in Chile, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, as well as tremendous archival databases like the NOAO Data Lab, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and the World Wide Telescope.
Experts in the fields of exo-planets, asteroids, dark energy and colliding galaxies will be giving 20-30 minute talks during the first hour of the science cafés that will run from 9:30am to noon on Saturdays once a month. Each month will feature a different topic. A discussion will follow the talk. Then a hands-on activity related to the topic at hand will be part of the science café experience. A state of the art computer lab will be available to explore the activity, as well as a 3-D printer.
The Science Cafés are open to all high school students at no cost.
If your students are interested in attending any or all of the science cafés, please have them register at http://www.noao.edu/education/big-data-academy. Dates for the science cafés (in 2017) are: January
21, February 18, March 4, April 1, and May 13. A flyer is downloadable from the website. We look forward to seeing you at the science cafés.