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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GALILEO: A Hands-on Workshop on Astronomy for Teachers in Grades 3 – 12


Saturday, April 24, 2010,9:00am – 4:30pm
Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA
Presented by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Workshop participants will explore:

  • NASA moon missions and lunar science with information and activities from the NASA Lunar Science Institute

  • An introduction to Galileo, his life, work and legacy

  • The realms of astronomy, and our changing perception of the universe

  • Student reasoning and how to help students think like scientists

  • The process of science in an inquiry-based, problem solving, collaborative environment, using hands-on classroom-tested standards-based activities

  • Recreating Galileo’s observations of:

    • The moons of Jupiter

    • The phases of the Moon

  • The Galileoscope: a telescope for all

  • Astronomy resources for teachers and students, including The Universe at Your Fingertips; and where to find the best astronomy activities in print and on the web

Presenters Include:

Andrew Fraknoi (Chair of Astronomy Department, Foothill College and the 2007 California Professor of the Year)
Brad Bailey (Staff Scientist, NASA Lunar Science Institute)
Brian Day (Education and Public Outreach, NASA Lunar Science Institute)
Brian Kruse (Astronomical Society of the Pacific)


Registration for this workshop is closed. Please watch this site for future workshop opportunities.

For more information contact the Galileo Teacher Training Program coordinator at
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For their registration fees, workshop participants will receive:

  • A Galileoscope (a high-quality, small telescope developed for the International Year of Astronomy 2009; now retailing for $30)

  • A packet of hands-on activities, background information and resource guides ready for immediate use in the classroom

  • NASA lunar science resources

  • Lunch provided

No background in astronomy is required; both new and veteran teachers will learn new ideas and techniques from the workshop.


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