Title: ASP2020: Embracing the Future: Astronomy Teaching and Public Engagement
Volume: 531 Year: 2021 View this Volume on ADS
Editors: Greg Schultz, Jonathan Barnes, Andrew Fraknoi, Linda Shore
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s 132nd annual meeting was held in December 2020 amidst a global pandemic that continues to challenge education and public outreach, the emergence of genuine widespread interest in social justice and inclusion, and a growing awareness of the threat of global climate change. This virtual conference of K-16 educators and public engagement professionals in astronomy and related fields shared best practices, innovative ideas, lessons learned, research findings, and evaluation results to help the community move toward a better future.

This ASP conference was its first virtual event of its kind and included over 350 attendees. Thematic strands for this conference included: online K-16 teaching and learning; public engagement in informal settings; science communication and social media; diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice; and climate/environmental science and dark skies preservation.

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Front Matter   
Front Matter
Part I.   
Teaching Astro 101 Online 3 Impey, C.
Issues, Principles and Practices: Designing Effective Remote and Hybrid Classes – Part 1 13 Prather, E.; Gauthier, A.; French, R. S.; Strubbe, L.; Gugliucci, N.
Building on Stories to Engage Children in Spatial Thinking 14 Plummer, J.; Cho, K.; Botch, M.
Skyglow, a 10-week, Summer, Remote, Research Class on Dark Skies 15 Turnshek, D.
Experiences of Dark Sky Advocates in Stanley, Idaho 16 Heim, J.
How Can Astrotourism Serve the Sustainable Development Goals? The Namibian Example 17 Dalgleish, H.; Mengistie, G.; Backes, M.; Cotter, G.; Kasai, E.
Light Pollution: Call to Action! 21 Bidar, H.
Promoting Inclusiveness Through Astronomy During Crisis 22 Paredes, M.
Citizen Science in Astronomy and Language Diversity: Findings from Zooniverse 23 Desjardins, R.; Pahud, D.; Doerksen, N.; Laczko, M.
Inclusion in an Astronomy-Oriented Lesson Series 30 Vossen, T.
Issues, Principles and Practices: Designing Effective Remote and Hybrid Classes – Part 2 31 Gauthier, A.; Prather, E.; French, R. S.; Strubbe, L.; Gugliucci, N.
A Free, Online Text for Middle School Earth/Space Science, Climate Change 32 Bennett, J.
The Power of Relationships: Indigenous and Western Science 41 Chavez, J. C.; Williams, J.; Scalice, D.
Virtual Visits to the Radio Universe 42 Ash, S.
#ObserveTheMoon2020: Virtual Engagement Tactics and Takeaways 43 Barry, C.; Wasser, M. L.; Tiedeken, S.; Jones, J. P.; Shaner, A.; Whelley, N.; White, V.; Fooshee, J.; Day, B.; Buxner, S.; Bakerman, M.; Gay, P.; Joseph, E. C. S.
Reaching Diverse Groups in Long-Term Astronomy Public Engagement Efforts 47 Archipley, M.; Dalgleish, H. S.; Ahrer, E.; Mortimer, D.
Gamifying Your Astronomy Class 54 Williamson, K.; Berryhill, K.; Charlton, J.; Frank, A.
The Use of the SkySafari Planetarium Program to Demonstrate the Retrograde Motion of Mars in a Laboratory Setting 55 Moroney, S.
Adapting Hands-on Family Learning to a Virtual Platform 68 Milotte, C. H.; Mitchell, S. E.
Chasing Shadows and Eating the Moon 76 Kruse, B. R.; Bass, D. K. M.; Schwarz, D. K.; Erickson, J.
Astronomy@Home Storytime 82 Hurst, A.; Summer, T.
La Petite École de l'Espace (“The Little School of Space”), a Successful Event for 3 to 8-year-olds 83 Naud, M.; Baron, F.; Ouellette, N. N.
The Transition to Virtual Summer Camp with Dark Skies, Bright Kids 89 Finn, M. K.; Team Dark Skies, Bright Kids
Planetaria and Science Museums Adapting Creatively During the COVID-19 Pandemic 94 Schultz, G.; Pitts, D.; Schmoll, S.
Effective Course Design: Choosing Activities and Assessments 95 Gauthier, A.
University of Mars Video Game: Virtual Learning for Astro 101 96 Charlton, J.; Tr'Ehnl, N.; Mshar, A.
Embracing the Tools to Connect in Virtual Environments 97 Oliver, A.; Gressieux, V.; Oliver, A. C.; MA; CPM; Gressieux, V.
Promoting a Virtual Presence for a Planetarium: Robeson Planetarium 110 Brandt, K.
Astro[sound]bites: a New Audio Resource for Conveying Recent Astronomy Research 111 Gagliano, A.; Rice, M.; Saunders, W. R.
Astronomy Discussions on Educational Media 118 Smith, A.
Writing about Astronomy for Children 119 Thacher, M. L.
Creating Astronomy MOOCs and Other Online Classes 124 Wenger, M.; Impey, C.
Astronomy from Home: Informal Learning with Robotic Telescopes 125 Cominsky, L.; Peticolas, L.; Bartolone, G. S. L.; Dussault, M.; Zellem, R.; Smith, D.; Squires, G.; Biferno, A.; Lestition, K.
Presenting Effective Virtual Interactive Planetarium Shows 131 Hartweg, B.; Berglund, K.
Elevating the Introductory Astronomy Course in a Time of Crisis 132 Gugliucci, N.
Tips for Teaching Introductory Astronomy Online During the COVID-19 Pandemic 136 Dcruz, N. L.
Modifying Introductory Activities for Pandemic Modes 142 Hassel, G.; Finn, R.
Virtual Exploration of Stellar Evolution in the Classroom 143 Bondell, J.; Myers, M.
Successful Strategies for Public Engagement During COVID-19 144 Buxner, S. R.; Gugliucci, N.; Whitehouse, M.
Satellite Constellation Issues Need Science Communicators 148 Hall, J.; Walker, C.; Krafton, K.
Online Asynchronous ASTR 110 Proven Methods: a Case Study 149 Hamilton, J. C.
Tips to Prepare and Offer an Online Astro101 Course 154 Manset, N.; Laychak, M. B.
Uniting NSF's Astronomy Nighttime Facilities Across the Globe 157 Michaud, P.
“Big Astronomy: People, Places, Discoveries” and “Behind the Scenes with the Project Team” 158 White, V.; Spuck, T.; Catriche, Y.; Kerrigan, R.; Schmoll, S.; Wyatt, R.
WorldWide Telescope Interactives in Online Astronomy Classes 159 Udomprasert, P.; Houghton, H.; Williams, P.
Teaching Astronomy with Python 160 Theodorakis, D.
How Can We Keep Good Educational Projects Alive? 166 Russo, P.; Pompea, S.; Pantoja, C.; Gonzales, J. R.; Pitts, D.
Engagement of College Students Using Real Observatories 167 Villicaña-Pedraza, I.; Carreto-Parra, F.; Johnson, J.; Saucedo-Morales, J.
Journey with the SEO 0.5m Telescope: Progress and Prospects 171 Njoku-Achu, N. O.; Offor, P. O.; Okere, A. R.; Sani, I. A.; Gozman, K.; Meredith, A. M. K.; Nowinski, M.; Pagul, A.
Engaging the Public and Astronomy Students through Remote Observing 181 Finn, R.; Hassel, G.
Remote Field Trips for Student Inspiration 182 Schiller, J. J. Jr.
Astronomers for Planet Earth: An International Collective Working to Address the Climate Crisis 189 Fischer, D.; Cool, A.; Rector, T.; Agnos, J.; Sakari, C.
Astronomy Labs Online 190 Sibbernsen, K.; Knierman, K.; Reichart, D.; Vogt, N.
Teaching 21st Century Science and Media Literacy 191 Duncan, D.
How to Be an Advocate for Solutions to Climate Change 192 Rector, T.; Fischer, D.
Service Learning in Astronomy: (Virtual) Community Outreach 193 Beck, J.
An Online Service Learning Project for Introductory Astronomy 198 Hodge, T.; Gorton, B.
Historical Astronomical Measurements with Stellarium 202 Spathopoulos, V.
Including Climate Change in College Introductory Astronomy Courses 203 McCarthy, C.; Rector, T.
Inspiring Students to Pursue STEM through e-Teen Astronomy Cafés 204 Walker, C.; Newhouse, M.
Lessons from Ten Years of Online Astro 101 Labs at ASU 205 Knierman, K. A.; Ashcraft, T. A.
Inquiry Labs and Research Posters On-line and Asynchronously 209 Grundstrom, E.
Library Labs, a Community College Approach to Astronomy Labs 210 Nicholls, C.
Facilitating Inquiry in Online Astronomy Labs 211 Sibbernsen, K.
An Improved Method for Teaching the Scientific Process 212 Horodyskyj, L.
Einstein Schools in Puerto Rico 213 Pantoja, C. A.; Lebrón, M. E.; Pompea, S.
Virtual NASA ND Teacher Workshop with Hands-on Robotics 219 Saad, M.; Nolby, C.
Confidence and Curiosity: Two Years of Virtual Workshops 220 Summer, T.; White, V.
Astronomers for Planet Earth: An International Collective Working to Address the Climate Crisis 221 Menezes, S.
Assessing Students Online: Challenges and Best Practices 222 Buxner, S. R.; Wenger, 2. M.; Wallace, C.; McIntosh, D. H.
Robotic Telescope Labs for Survey-Level Undergraduates 233 Reichart, D. E.
Communicating Climate Change from an Astronomical Perspective 242 Agnos, J.; Rector, T.
Big Astronomy Takes Big Teams 243 White, V.; Spuck, T.; Wyatt, R.; Schmoll, S.; Kerrigan, R.; Wolbrecht, T. S.
ALMA Observatory and the Lican Antai Indigenous Community 244 Vidal, D.
Informal Science Education in Puerto Rico 245 Santos, M. E. L.; Pantoja, C. A.
Astronomy of the Inca Empire 250 Gullberg, S. R.
Astronomy Laboratory Exercises in a Remote World 261 Vogt, N. P.; Rector, T.
Girl Scout Astronomy Club: Shifting to Virtual 270 Fahy, J.; Henricks, J.
Lessons Learned from Successful Online Initiatives 271 Bolduc-Duval, J.; Naud, M.; Reid, M.; Poulin, G.
The Effectiveness of Immediate Feedback in Quizzes and Exams 272 Lee, T.
Online Reading Quizzes: Learning Tool or Busy Work? 276 Young, K.
Trench Report of Teaching Intro Astro Online for 20 Years 277 Lahaise, U.
Climate Change Engagement in Astro 101 278 Williamson, K.
Virtual Girl Scout Space Science – Ideas for Interaction 279 Henricks, J.; Fahy, J.
Astronomy and Remote Learning: A Stellar Combination 280 Bernhardt, C. H.
Gamified ASTRO 101: Flip Your Classroom in More Ways Than One 281 Berryhill, K. J.
When The Rules Of The Game Are The Laws Of Physics: At Play In The Cosmos 284 Frank, A.; Bary, J.
Developing Virtual Reality Activities for the Astro 101 Class and Lab 285 Windmiller, G.; Blanco, P.; Welsh, W. F.
Simple Sims for Complex Concepts 289 Hedberg, J.
Small Teams and Discussions from Data in Astro 100 290 Enevoldsen, A.
An Autograded, Open Educational Resource Assessment Tool for Astronomy Using MyOpenMath 291 Tan, J.; Sheffield, A.; Grcevich, J.
Humanizing ASTR 101-Inspired by Indigenous Knowledge Systems 296 Lee, A. S.
NASA, Indigenous Astronomy, and K–12 Students During COVID-19 308 Lee, A.; Holbrook, J.; Maryboy, N. C.; Begay, D.; Aldana, G.; Follette, T. L.; Baybayan, K.
Towards a Transcultural Interpretation of the Sky in Mesoamerica 317 Barrientos, T.; Hawkins, I.; Leiva, E. A.; Barreno, G.; Salanic, I. P.; Mejuto, J.; Codoner, S. M.
Colors of Nature StudioLab Remote Summer Program 326 Sparks, R.; Teal-Sullivan, P.; Liston, L.; Orchard, A.; Beuden, T.
Inspiring the Next Generation of Muslim Scientists and Engineers 327 Tejani, A. K.; Bhatia, S.; Virani, S.; Meru, F.; Lakhani, N.; Jahani, R.
spaceEU: Fostering a Young and Inclusive Space Community 328 Gonzalez, J. R.; Martins, S. F.; Russo, P.; Willenbrands, M.; Ahmadi, M.; Ribeiro, M.; Cardoso, R.; Williamson, R.
COVID-19: Stay Connected to the Public - Old Observatory Leiden 336 van Gammeren, S.
Presenting Theoretical Research to Astronomy Societies 337 Veras, D.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Perspectives from Central and South America 338 Shore, L.; Rosado, M.; Vidal, D.; Alves-Brito, A.
Observing, Citizen Science, and Virtual Worlds: Panel Session 339 Trouille, L.; Turnshek, D.; Rector, T.; Udomprasert, P.; Dussault, M.
Zooming to Engage Students 348 Arthurs, L.
Resources for Astro 101 Online: OpenStax, Expert TA, OER Hub 349 Fraknoi, A.
Astronomy Simulations in the Open Source Physics Collection 353 Timberlake, T.
Open Education: Astronomy Lecture Slides and Recorded Video 354 Woolsey, L.
The NASA Community College Network 356 Steel, S.; Harman, P.; Backman, D.; Clark, C.; Fraknoi, A.
Engaging More Effectively with the Educational Ecosystem: the Value of a Treatise 357 Pompea, S. M.; Russo, P.
ExoExplorations: Educational Activities at Home and School 366 Schmidt, C.; Roche, L.
Science for Girls: Reaching the Remote Audience 367 Harman, P.
Engage Teens in Astronomy Science Cafés 368 Hall, M.; Mayhew, M.
Playing with the Universe: Simulations in Astro 101 369 Mathews, G. S.; Duncan, D.; Hedberg, J.; Timberlake, T.
Using Sky & Telescope as a Classroom Resource 388 Beatty, J. K.; Buxner, S. R.; Steffen, J.; Wenger, M.
Living with the Stars on Day of the Dead 391 Hawkins, I.
Teaching Spectra the Easy Way – In-Person or Online 410 Field, T.
Star Parties in Deep Space: Smart Telescopes for Education 411 Sweitzer, J.
The Completely Hackable Amateur Radio Telescope 412 Beardsley, A.
A New Model for Citizen Science in the Online Classroom 413 Simon, M.; Prather, E.; Trouille, L.
Engage and Educate: Using Strategic Questioning 414 Schultz, S.; Hernandez, E.
Citizen Science and Student Attitudes Toward Science 415 Cobb, B. E.
Interdisciplinary Teams for Teacher Professional Development 420 Fies, C.; Packham, C.
Astro-Education Simulations–A Guide to Scattered Resources 430 Mathews, G.
Promoting Student Inquiry Using WorldWide Telescope 431 Lee, A. T.; Jerome, J. M. E.
Interact Virtually with Gravitational Waves using VIGOR 436 Urquhart, M.; Kesden, M.; Kitagawa, M.
Next Steps After ASP2020: Publishing in the Conference Proceedings with ASPCS, Accessing Recordings of Sessions, and Providing Feedback 437 Schultz, G.; Jensen, J.; Shore, L.
Beyond Earth's Edge: The Poetry of Spaceflight 438 Cokinos, C.; Johnson, J. S.
Utilizing Compelling Interactive Strategies to Bolster Your Classrooms and Events 439 Vassos, T.
Nucleosynthesis in the Classroom 457 Norris, P.; Wolf, D.
Part II. Video Posters   
Astronomers Without Borders Builds and Cultivates Community 461 Chee, Z.; Bartolone, L.; Fazekas, A.
It's All Star Stuff: Element Activities at Death Valley 463 Eyermann, S. E.; Mitchell, S. E.; Milotte, C. H.
Spectral Line Demonstration for a Hybrid Class 468 Hintz, M. L.
Promoting Student Inquiry with WorldWide Telescope 471 Jerome, J. M. E.; Lee, A. T.
Stone Edge All-Sky (SEAS) Survey 472 Meredith, K.; Catherall, J.
You Can't Escape Black Hole Week! 473 Mitchell, S. E.; Mattson, B.; Ramos, K.
Increasing Participation in Citizen Science During COVID-19 477 Newhouse, M.; Walker, C.
Cat Toes, Monday Motivations, and Astrophysics 478 Ramos, K.; Mattson, B.; Mitchell, S. E.
An Overview of Branched Oak Observatory 483 Sibbernsen, M.