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Out Among the Asteroids Research Experiences for
Middle School
S. K. Croft and S. M. Pompea
National Optical Astronomy Observatory
American Geophysical Union
December 11, 2006
General Motivations
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NOAO Interest in research in the
Classroom
Need Good Projects for Middle
School
EPO Support for LSST
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December 11, 2006
Why Asteroids?
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Intrinsic Student Interest: They Move! Dinosaur
Connection!
One of Major LSST Science Objectives
Fits Middle School Curriculum: Solar System
Availability of Data: Existing & Future Data
Archives and Student Accessible Telescopes
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Problems & Questions
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Professional Surveys saturate discovery,
so need different focus
Can we make Data Mining accessible and
enticing enough?
Can “Cutting Edge” research Really be
done in Middle School?
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December 11, 2006
Proposed Solution
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Asteroid Characterization: colors (not spectra) &
types, rotation, size, composition
Middle School Earth Science Connection:
Asteroids to Meteorites to Earth Rocks and
Geologic Processes (not just SS)
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December 11, 2006
Project Components
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Student Research: Remote Observing
Student Research: Data Mining
Classroom Activities/Content
Professional Development: workshops,
online course
Web Site & Data Archive
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Status
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Development & Test Teams
Curriculum
Web Site
Initial Observational Tests
Classroom Alpha Testing Get Students Involved
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NOAO Contact
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Email: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.noao.edu/education/noaoeo.html
American Geophysical Union
December 11, 2006