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Paper: Teaching Optics With Small Telescopes During the International Year of Astronomy
Volume: 400, Preparing for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy: A Hands-on Symposium
Page: 273
Authors: Pompea, S.M.; Sparks, R.T.; Isbell, D.
Abstract: Small telescopes and telescope kits provide a high-quality set of inquiry-based explorations that are suitable for upper elementary and middle school-aged students in both formal and informal educational environments. We have developed a wide array of activities around small telescopes. In general, these activities encourage cooperative learning, testing of ideas and predictions, and hands-on work. These activities were designed with a broad understanding of student misconceptions and have been well-tested in a variety of settings. As such, we expect the teaching activities to be widely used in the International Year of Astronomy 2009.
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