Using Astronomical Research in the Classroom
Summer 2013 – I was lucky enough to get a chance to participate in a very cool program in which teachers get to learn first-hand how research gets done at McDonald Observatory and now it’s time to bring my experiences into my classroom.
Dr. Chris Sneden was our guide during the research process. He was infinitely patient and for me this was a transformative experience for which I will be eternally grateful. I owe it to my students to bring the same sort of experiences to them when possible.
We worked in teams of 3. One team would help Chris and his graduate student out on the actual observing run.
We took turns using small scopes and the 0.9m scope in the shadow of the 2.7m dome.
The goal of this observing run was to seek out particular stars that might shed some light (hah!) on formation and evolution of the thin and thick disk of the milky-way galaxy.
We also toured nearly all the telescope systems on both mountains. It was beautiful!