The 2018 interNational ASTRONOMY TEACHING SUMMIT Conference

July 25-27, 2018 -- Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii, USA

Please mark your calendar for the next Astronomy Teaching Summit.  This international astronomy teaching conference is being held on the Big Island of Hawaii under the shadow of telescopes atop Maunakea and near the active erupting volcano of Kilauea in Hilo from July 25-27, 2018.  

This year, the conference is hosted in conjunction with the Robotic Telescopes in Education Conference, held July 23-25, 2018.

The Astronomy Teaching Summit brings together dedicated astronomy and planetary sciences educators to share innovative teaching techniques and successful instructional strategies that increase students’ engagement, achievement, and motivation.  Traditionally focused on improving teaching and learning for the introductory college astronomy ASTRO 101 survey courses for non-science majoring undergraduates, the Summit now brings together a wider variety of astronomy educators and outreach enthusiasts at all levels where astronomy and planetary science is taught: K-12, College-101, Graduate School, Planetariums/Museums, and Amateur Astronomy Groups. 

The  co-located Conference on Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education (rtsre.net), focuses on building a sustainable community around the educational, technical and student research uses of robotic telescopes, from small through to large aperture and from radio through to gamma-ray.  If you've wanted to learn how to use Internet-controlled robotic telescopes with your students, this is the place!

The 2018 Summit includes nationally known keynote speakers, hands-on workshops, contributed presentations, panel discussions, and fireside chats with plenty of opportunities to network with like-minded educators.  A sample programming grid is available showing the general structure of the conference.   Available workshops include:

  • engaging students with better interactive lecturing techniques
  • using in-class activities to change modality of instruction
  • increasing students' quantitative reasoning skills
  • modern testing and grading techniques that really work
  • teaching in the planetarium: increasing student engagement
  • Cutting Edge Science Updates - what's new to include in your teaching

This is the place to be to enhance your astronomy teaching toolkit! Astronomy educators and outreach educators from all levels are invited to participate and submit proposals for presentations.  The conference is being organized by a highly-respected program committee.  Proceedings from the previous 2016 National Astronomy Teaching Summit can be ordered online (here). Last year's 2017 Summit Block Schedule Grid and the Meeting Program Booklet with Abstracts are available HERE.

  • Conference Registration Fee: Paid online or on site (all presenters and participants must pay this nominal registration fee; there is no single day registration fee; no meals are included). 
  • Conference Hotel: Conference discounted rate of just $130/night garden view, $150/night ocean-side at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, 71 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720 USA, Phone: +1 (808) 935-9361.  Book your discounted room by telephoning the hotel directly and tell them you are with the "Astronomy Education Conference" and ask for the discounted conference rate, which is available before and after the conference too. A rental car is not required, but recommended, and free parking is available.
  • Presentation Proposal Submission: When open, proposals for 20-minute presentations, 90-minute workshops & panel discussions will be considered (there may be limited opportunities for late submissions). Note that attendees may serve as lead author on only one proposal and all listed co-authors must pay the registration fee.   Propose by providing a 150-250 word description when the website opens; individuals may only serve as lead author once per meeting.
  • Meet-The-Authors sessions:  Many of our registered attendees have published books and we certainly want to highlight, celebrate, and spread the word about their books to attendees. 
  • Conference Venue:  Sessions run roughly from 7am-7pm each day at the Hilo Intermediate School Campus,  587 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo, HI 96720 USA.  Hilo is located on the easternmost side of the Big Island of Hawaii and includes the Hilo airport (ITO) serving many major airlines.  The other major airport on the island is Kona (KOA) about 90 minutes away by rental car.

Don’t’ miss this conference and a chance to improve your astronomy students’ learning! 

 

THE TOOLS ASTRONOMY  STUDENTS NEED TO ANALYZE SPECTRA

THE TOOLS ASTRONOMY  STUDENTS NEED TO ANALYZE SPECTRA

Support for the Summit Comes from a generous DONATION from our marquee sponsors, Pearson publishing, RsPEC, and digitalis planetariums

Support for the Summit Comes from a generous DONATION from our marquee sponsors, Pearson publishing, RsPEC, and digitalis planetariums


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