Here and Beyond: A Teacher/Student Initiative
[January 25, 2010]
The purpose of this program is to assist teachers in their efforts to ignite student interest in
careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
a) educational programs at individual Middle and High Schools,
b) Teacher/Student workshops at a state-of-the-art research facility, and
c) robotic telescope access for a wide student population.
The activities are designed to meet the goals of science education and the science education
standards. They engage the participants in making measurements, plotting graphs of the
results, building scientific models, making calculations, and predicting future events. Some
of the methods were developed with the support of NASA IDEAS
Grant Number ID05-691.
Five pathfinder Teacher/Student workshops have been held at the Steward Observatory’s
61 inch Kuiper telescope on Mt. Bigelow. They were attended by 9 teachers and 19 students.
Two more Teacher/Student workshop are scheduled for March and April of 2010.
Educational software which operates a robotic telescope has been developed and used by
more than 1500 students. 220 students have logged into the educational software in 2010.
Team Members: Teacher Maureen Adams Westward Elementary School Killeen,Texas Teacher Janet Barrone West Wing School, Deer Valley Phoenix, Arizona Teacher Barbara Cushing Sonoran Science Academy Tucson, Arizona Teacher Stacy Darling Orangewood Elementary Scottsdale, Arizona Teacher Tracey Dodrill Mountainside Middle School Scottsdale, Arizona Teacher Linda Gilmore La Plata Middle School Silver City, NM Teacher Richard Gilmore La Plata Middle School Silver City, NM Teacher Michelle Headly Sevilla West Elementary Phoenix, Arizona Teacher Staci Johnson Cactus High School Peoria, Arizona Teacher Robin Jones Cholla Middle School Phoenix, Arizona Teacher Christopher Martin Howenstine High Magnet School Tucson, Arizona Teacher Kathleen Nicholson Sonoran Science Academy Tucson, Arizona Teacher Karriaunna Scotti Valencia Middle School Tucson, Arizona Teacher Elizabeth Sigman Montebello School Phoenix, Arizona Teacher Noreen Sleator BASIS School Tucson, Arizona Teacher Nicole Snook Toltecalli High School Tucson, Arizona Teacher Christina Waite Phoenix School for the Deaf Phoenix, Arizona Dr. Al Grauer [firstname.lastname@example.org] Astronomer, Steward Observatory University of Arizona 933 N. Cherry Avenue Tucson, AZ 85721-0065 Dr. Bill Neely [email@example.com] Astronomer, Web Master NF/ Observatory Silver City, NM Teacher Christopher Martin [firstname.lastname@example.org] Lead Teacher Howenstein High Magnet School 508 N. Winstel Blvd. Tucson, Arizona 85716 Teacher Richard Gilmore [email@example.com] Lead Teacher La Plata Middle School 3500 N. Silver St. Silver City, NM 88061-7286