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Paper: Teaching With Galileoscopes and Other Small Telescopes
Volume: 443, Earth and Space Science: Making Connections in Education and Public Outreach
Page: 54
Authors: Pompea, S. M.; Sparks, R. T.; Walker, C. E.
Abstract: The International Year of Astronomy (IYA) saw the creation of a wide variety of educational programs aimed at large, new, and diverse audiences. The Galileoscope national and international cornerstone program developed a telescope kit of high optical quality to open the doors of visual observing to people all over the world at minimal cost. We have developed educational materials for use with the Galileoscope and given workshops for classroom teachers, museum educators, informal after-school programs, and amateur astronomers. Each audience has had different concerns and needs in their Galileoscope programs. This Special Interest Group brought together educators from around the country who have used or are interested in using Galileoscopes in their programs. This session allowed users to share details of their successful programs with those considering using the Galileoscope in future programs. The session also addressed desires for future resources for the many Galileoscope-oriented programs around the country.
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