Summer 2016 Workshop Announcement

June 22, 2016, 3pm-11:30pm in Buffalo, WY At Clear Creek Middle School


June 24, 2016, 3pm-11:30pm in Powell, WY at Northwest Wyoming College

Ever wanted to learn how to use a telescope to survey the big Wyoming sky?  In this one-day, hands-on professional development workshop for grades 5-9 teachers, attendees will learn how to navigate the stars, constellations, and planets visible in the night sky and study the core, underlying scientific concepts of how light travels through space and how telescopes work in support of better implementing the NGSS and state science standards for physical and Earth sciences.  Starting in the late afternoon, and assuming no pre-existing experience or knowledge in astronomy, participating teachers in this workshop will build their own telescope to take home and, after the sun sets, learn how to use their new telescope by working side by side with workshop leaders.  A light dinner and hot chocolate is provided.

This collaboratve program is run and co-funded by Dr. Tim Slater, University of Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair of Science Education and Dr. Sharon Schleigh of East Carolina University.  The program is co-hosted by UW Ph.D. students Rick Sanchez of Clear Creek Middle School in Buffalo, WY and Astrid Northrup of Northwest Wyoming College in Powell, WY and Dr. Stephanie Slater of the CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research. 

Limited to only 8 people at each session, a $40 registration fee subsidizes the cost of consumable materials and hearty refreshments throughout the evening.  Collaborative teams of two people are allowed to share a single registration fee and share one telescope to take home.  If you need additional information, please contact the University of Wyoming’s Dr. Tim Slater by email at or by cell/txt at 520-975-1373.

Telescopes for Teachers Registration Links

[1]  Clear Creek Middle School, Buffalo, WYfrom 3pm-1130pm on Wednesday, June 22, 2016


[2] Northwest College, Powell, WY from 3pm-1130pm on Friday, June 24, 2016

Register today – Space is limited!     Additional Dates Are Forthcoming.

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