The University of Texas is pleased to announce the EXES Teachers' Program.
EXES is a spectrograph currently being built at UT-Austin for SOFIA - the
Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. SOFIA is a 2.5 meter
infrared telescope which will be housed in a 747-SP airplane; the airplane
is currently being modified to become a flying observatory. SOFIA will
eventually be based in northern California at Ames Research Center.
If you are a teacher of grades 6-12 or an education specialist and are within
100-miles of Austin, you are invited to apply for this FREE program. Application
forms are still being accepted. The program will consist of six
one-day meetings per calendar year. Participants will be eligible to apply to
accompany the instrument during field-tests on the airplane in 2004.
The EXES program will allow you to learn both the background science and
the technology involved in building a state-of-the-art instrument. You
will experience the construction and testing of the instrument in several
phases. In addition, there will be sessions on astronomical topics such as
the observing techniques, optics, and spectroscopy.
Classroom activities will be correlated to the National Science Education
Standards and the TEKS. Each participating teacher within one hundred
miles of UT-Austin will have an EXES team
member visit their school once during the project. Funding for this
project is limited to $0.28 per mile up to a maximum of 200 miles round
trip per teacher
for each session. (Carpooling is encouraged.) Instructional materials
will be provided.
Sessions are typically one Saturday a month during the school year from
9:30 AM to 3:00 PM.
Activities from previous sessions are listed.
Application forms are available on this site or from:
Dr. Keely Finkelstein
University of Texas at Austin
2515 Speedway, Stop C1400
Austin, TX 78712-1205