Spring 2005 Section Meeting
Lynchburg, VA 24501
March 11-12, 2005
"Project CLEA in the 21st Century: Observational Astronomy Simulations in the Instructional Laboratory"
Dick Cooper, Gettysburg College
Though the value of hands-on learning has long been recognized by educators, it is difficult to design laboratories in astronomy classes that present realistic astrophysical techniques to undergraduate students. Unlike most other sciences, astronomy is largely observational, not experimental, and making useful observations involves expensive equipment over time scales inconvenient for pedagogy. In recent years, however, astronomy has gone almost completely digital, and the advent of large on-line data bases and fast personal computers has made it possible to realistically simulate the experience of research astrophysics in the laboratory.
Two new labs will be demonstrated and handed out to all participants along with, ALL the current software and documentation. Plans for future development will be presented. Project CLEA is supported by grants from Gettysburg College and the National Science Foundation.
The workshop will be held on Friday, March 11th, in the Technology Classroom (Hobbs Hall 124), 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Photo)