Back to Volume
Paper: Engagement of College Students Using Real Observatories
Volume: 531, ASP2020: Embracing the Future: Astronomy Teaching and Public Engagement
Page: 167
Authors: Villicaña-Pedraza, I.; Carreto-Parra, F.; Johnson, J.; Saucedo-Morales, J.
Abstract: Astronomy is a powerful magnet of students in college. Designing and providing interesting hands-on activities for classes, even online, have at least two important effects for the future of science: rapidly engaging students in the selection of STEM majors and creating admiration for science in students that choose non-science paths. It is the second group that, depending on their impression, could recognize the hard work done by astronomers and scientists, and may continue to support space sciences economically in the future. Giving access to observatories and real data to students is essential to reach both types of student. In this paper we describe some laboratory activities that use real observatories and astronomical data.
Back to Volume