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Workshop Dates for Spring/Summer 2014

Click below for more information about each Astronomy workshop...         

We are also offer workshops to help you prepare for the Next Generation Science Standards

Click below for more information about each NGSS workshop...   

For more information and registration forms click the workshop name or contact:
Theresa Moody at 908-526-1200 x 8942 or email tmoody@raritanval.edu

Are you unsure of how to teach some of the challenging topics in Science, such as Gravity and Newton’s Laws? 
Are you wondering how you can address the revised New Jersey Physical Science and Earth Systems Science standards in your class?

The New Jersey Astronomy Center (NJACE) at Raritan Valley Community College has developed a wide range of teacher workshops to help K-12 teachers gain a better understanding of concepts in astronomy and physics and how to teach them effectively. The presenters, Dr. Wil van der Veen and Theresa Moody, are recognized as experts in science content and effective science instruction. Teachers walk away with lots of resources, an increased understanding of the content and how to teach it effectively, as well as a variety of hands-on, inquiry-based investigations they can do tomorrow in their classroom.

Unless otherwise noted, all workshops are in our state-of-the-art Conference Center at Raritan Valley Community College, located near Bridgewater.

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If you have any questions, or like us to help you chose the workshops that may best suit your needs please call Theresa Moody at 908-526-1200 x 8942 or email tmoody@raritanval.edu.


Summer Astronomy Institute

Our *NEW* Astronomy Summer Institute is a five-day workshop that has been carefully designed to help teachers of grade 5-12 meet the 2009 New Jersey Astronomy Standards while simulatenously preparing them for the anticipated implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.  This workshop is appropriate for 5-12 teachers looking to improve their own content knowledge as well as looking for activities they can use immediately in their classes. The workshop combines astronomy content with pedagogy, illustrating how to teach difficult concepts though hands-on inquiry-based instruction. All teachers will receive breakfast and lunch, a resource DVD with close to 150 hands-on inquiry-based astronomy activities, a downloadable workshop zipfile and a 26 hour PDU certificate.

Participants will be engaged in exemplary investigations in astronomy (including the phases of the Moon, tides, seasons, size and scale of solar system, gravity, the properties of objects in our solar system, and more).

Next Offering: Monday-Friday, July 14-18, 2014 (9am-3:30pm)

Cost: $250  

 

Project ASTRO NOVA (Grades 2-12)

A program to create long-term partnerships between astronomers and teachers in grades 2-12. This program involves a two-day training workshop or the astronomer-teacher partnerships followed by at least 4 class visits of the astronomer.

Next Offering: Wed/Thurs, July 23/24, 2014, (9am - 4pm)

Cost: $600 (12 PDUs) * Now only $250 with New Jersey Space Grant Scholarship and 3M Scholarship

** Applications accepted all year.**

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One-Day Starlab Training - Grades K-12

The Starlab Training Workshops are designed to help teachers make science and astronomy exciting for their students. Abstract ideas such as the Earth's daily and annual motions, moon phases, constellations and the reason for the seasons are easily presented in Starlab. During this one-day workshop, participants will practice setting up and taking down Starlab and practice operating the projector. This one-day workshop is also suitable for any teacher who has previously been trained in Starlab, and needs a “refresher”.

Next Offering: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 (9am-4pm) Full!  See Summer Date under Two-Day Starlab Training!

Cost: $150 (6 PDUs)- * Now only $75 with New Jersey Space Grant Scholarship 

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On request we can offer training at your school or district during the school year.
We also offer Starlab Outreach to your school.

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Two-Day Starlab Training - Grades K-12

The Starlab Training Workshops are designed to help teachers make science and astronomy exciting for their students. Abstract ideas such as the Earth's daily and annual motions, moon phases, constellations and the reason for the seasons are easily presented in Starlab. During this two-day workshop, participants will practice setting up and taking down Starlab and practice operating the projector. On the second day they will design, practice and present their own Starlab presentation.

Next Offering: Wednesday/Thursday, July 9/10, 2014 (9am-4pm)

Cost: $300 (12 PDUs)- *Only $150 with New Jersey Space Grant Scholarship for the first 13 registered participants

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Intro to the Earth-Sun-Moon System - Grades K-12

Experience inquiry-based activities that address the revised NJ Astronomy Content Standards relating to Seasons, Moon Phases and Eclipses. In addition, the workshop will focus on the revised NJ Process Standards which describe how science should be taught. The workshop fee includes resources, a workshop CD-ROM, and breakfast/lunch.

Next Offering: TDB

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Our Solar Connection (Grades 5-12)

The Sun is our nearest star, and yet many mysteries surround it. Scientists are studying the Sun using ground-based and space-based observatories, in a variety of wavelengths. Students can do some of the same experiments in the classroom. During the 6-hour workshop teachers will experience inquiry-based activities that address State Science Content Standards in Astronomy, and all four science process standards.

Next Date Offered : TBD

On request we can offer this training at your school or district during the school year.


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Gravity 1: Gravity and Orbits in the Solar System (Grades 5-12)

This workshop engages teachers in low-cost, hands-on, inquiry-based activities relating to Gravity, Newton’s Laws of Motion, the motion of objects within the solar system and new, cost-effective ways for a spacecraft to travel to the Moon. Teachers will gain an improved understanding of these topics, while simultaneously learning about activities they can easily integrate into their own classrooms.

Next Date Offered : TBD

On request we can offer this training at your school or district during the school year.

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Gravity 2: Exploring the Energy of Space Travel (Grades 5-12)

This workshop is a follow-up to our popular “Gravity and Orbits in the Solar System” workshop. It will help teachers gain a better understanding of the physics and dangers of traveling to the moon and living in space. While we recommend that teachers also attend “Gravity and Orbits in the Solar System”, it is NOT a prerequisite. Teachers will be engaged in hands-on inquiry-based activities related to Gravity, the Properties of Objects in the Solar System, Energy (including Kinetic and Potential Energy as well as Energy transformations) radiation and its effects on DNA. Participants will learn about new, cost-effective ways for a spacecraft to travel to the Moon.

Next Date Offered : TBD

On request we can offer this training at your school or district during the school year.

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Is there life out there?
An Astrobiology workshop for teachers (Grades 5-12)

Astrobiology is an exciting, interdisciplinary field of study that includes the search for habitable environments and the consideration of where life might exist in our solar system and beyond. The revised New Jersey Science Process standards ask teachers to make meaningful connections between concepts across content areas. Learn how you can use Astrobiology as a way to connect astronomy, biology, physics, chemistry and geology as you explore the possibilities of life elsewhere, consider the conditions under which life can develop and thrive, and examine the properties of stars that could have planets harboring life.

Next Date Offered : TBD

On request we can offer this training at your school or district during the school year.

 

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Inquiring into Inquiry

This workshop is designed to help teachers implement inquiry into their classroom. The emphasis of this workshop is for participants to experience inquiry based science instruction. Participants will be engaged in several exemplary activities that can help them to visualize what Inquiry looks like in a science classroom. Participants will explore what inquiry is and what it is not. They will become familiar with the Five Essential Features of Inquiry as defined by the National Science Education Standards. They will practice turning a traditional lesson into an inquiry-based experience for their students. 

Next Date Offered : TBD

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Bringing Lunar Rock Samples to your Classroom

During this after-school workshop, teachers will experience a variety of inquiry-based activities that can be used in conjunction with the loan of the NASA Lunar and Meteorite samples. All teachers who attend this training will be NASA Lunar Rock certified, allowing them to bring REAL moon samples into their classroom.

Next Date Offered : TBD

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Modeling Moon Phases and Eclipses

At this workshop, teachers will experience how to teach Moon Phases and Eclipses using student generated data and models. This emphasis on modeling and data will help teachers meet the 2009 NJ Content Standards in Astronomy and build their understanding of parts of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Next Offering: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 (9am-3:30pm)  Cancelled

Cost: $150 (5.5 PDUs)- * Now only $75 with New Jersey Space Grant Scholarship 

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The Solar System

During this workshop, teachers will experience inquiry-based activities that teach the properties of planets in our solar system, our changing view of the solar system, and solar system formation. These investigations ask students to analyze data to construct explanations, and engage in argument from evidence.  The investigations in this workshop are aligned to the 2009 NJSS Standards in Astronomy and also support the Science Practices dimension of the NGSS.

Next Offering: TBD

Cost: $150 (5.5 PDUs)- * Now only $75 with New Jersey Space Grant Scholarship 

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The Reasons for Seasons: Grades 5-12

During this workshop, teachers will experience inquiry-based investigations that align with the 2009 NJ Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.  They will experience investigations that build an understanding of Seasons across grades as they engage in NGSS Science Practices such as "Analyzing and Interpreting Data" and “Engaging in Argument from Evidence”.  During the workshop, participants will analyze data about the height of the Sun in the sky, the distance from Earth to the Sun, and the average temperature and the number of daylight hours for various locations on Earth.  participants will use this data to develop their own models, and then use these models to construct explanations for Seasons while engaging in argument from evidence.

Next Offering: TBD

Cost: $150 (5.5 PDUs)- * Now only $75 with New Jersey Space Grant Scholarship 

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Moon Phases, Eclipses, Gravity and Tides: Grades 4-12

During this workshop, teachers will experience inquiry-based activities that align to the revised NJ Astronomy standards. The investigations explore the reasons for moon phases, eclipses and tides, and make use of a model to represent the force of gravity. The emphasis of investigations in this workshop are to develop students’ skills in two Science Practices: “Developing and Using Models” and “Constructing Explanations”.

Next Offering: TBD

Cost: $300 (11 PDUs)- * Now only $150 with New Jersey Space Grant Scholarship

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Summer Science Institute: Preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards   

Our Summer Science Institute is designed to help teachers of grades 3-8 prepare for the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The standards emphasize eight science practices and seven crosscutting concepts that are integrated with the learning of science content. Participants will be engaged in exemplary investigations that illustrate how these science practices and cross-cutting concepts can be integrated in each of the disciplines: physical science, life science, earth and space science, and engineering. There will be opportunities for participants to reflect on the investigations and practice creating sample lesson plans that are aligned with the new standards.

All teachers will receive lots of resources, a workshop CD-ROM, and a 26 hour PDU certificate.

Next Offering: Monday through Friday, July 28-Aug 1 (9am - 3:30pm)

Cost: $400 - Only $200 for the first 13 registered participants, who will receive a $200 NJ Space Grant Scholarship

 
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Using Telescopes in your Classroom and After School - Grades 5-12

Learn how to use telescopes in your classroom, and/or at night! Attendance at this workshop will certify you to borrow a classroom set of Galileoscopes and tripods, as well as an 8" Dobsonian telescope, for FREE. This workshop will show participants how the Galileoscope can be used in a classroom setting to help students understand how lenses and refracting telescopes work. Participants will also learn how to assemble Galileoscopes and use them in an indoor and outdoor setting. Participants will learn about the easiest objects to observe in the night sky, how to plan an evening observing session, and how to observe the night sky with a Dobsonian telescope.
 
Next Offering: TBD

Fee: $100 (3.75 PDUs) * Now only $50 with New Jersey Space Grant Scholarship

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The New Jersey Astronomy Center at Raritan Valley Community College is the NJ SSI Specialty Site for Astronomy and registered as a professional development provider by the State of New Jersey under provider ID # 273.

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