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Education & Public Outreach

White Dwarfs and the Age of the Galaxy Workshop
July 14 - July 18, 2006

This advanced five-day/four-night workshop will allow secondary level teachers to increase their astronomy expertise. (Preference is given to applicants who have previously participated in a McDonald Professional Development Workshop.) In addition to instructional activities on White Dwarfs and the Age of the Galaxy designed to be used in the 9-12 classroom, all participants will have extended observing experiences on the 0.8-meter and/or 0.9-meter research telescopes.
Workshop summary and preliminary schedule
Includes background material, maps and directions to McDonald Observatory, and suggestions on items to pack.

Post Summer 2005 Workshop Page
Summer 2005 Workshop Page

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McDonald Observatory offers professional development programs for teachers at the McDonald Observatory Visitors Center high in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, just north of the charming town of Fort Davis. Astronomers from around the world visit the Observatory to carry out their astronomical research. We invite you to immerse yourself in this science environment to renew your excitement about science, increase your confidence, and enrich your teaching skills through our professional development programs. Programs are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and the National Science Education Standards.

Continuing Education Credits
All programs are State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) accredited for Continuing Professional Education credits.

Program Costs, Meals, & Lodging
All program costs, meals, and lodging is covered by grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA. Participants are responsible for their own transportion expenses.

The "White Dwarfs and the Age of the Galaxy" workshop is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant AST 0307315. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) provides additional support under an Education and Public Outreach supplement to Grant/Contract/Agreement No. NAG5-13070 issued through the Office of Space Science.

16 December 2005
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