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Science Teachers Will Learn from the Experts
DURHAM, N.H. -- Elementary and high school science teachers from around the state will be meeting later this month with world class researchers who could write the very textbooks their students use in class.

The University of New Hampshire is sponsoring a free, one-day workshop on astronomy education for teachers in grades five through 12 Tuesday, Sept. 14, in conjunction with the 5th Compton Symposium on Gamma-Ray Astronomy, scheduled for Sept. 15-17. All available slots are filled for the workshop, to be held at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, also site of the symposium.

Hosted by UNH and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the Compton Symposium brings together researchers from around the world, and some of those researchers will be taking part in the planned teacher workshop.

"The purpose of the teacher workshop is to provide New Hampshire educators with valuable ideas and resources for the teaching of astronomical concepts," says Mark McConnell, research associate professor in the UNH Space Science Center, located within the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space.

In addition, astronomical researchers from both UNH and Dartmouth College will provide participants with an overview of astronomical research taking place within New Hampshire. "This will provide an opportunity to foster connections between local educators and researchers with the goal of forming long-term partnerships," says McConnell.

The workshop is offered through the N.H. Space Grant Consortium.

Part of the workshop will include hands-on activities to acquaint educators with basic concepts in astronomy education and provide them with suitable curriculum materials. Many of these activities will be led by Douglas Duncan of the University of Chicago, national education coordinator of the American Astronomical Society.

In addition to the classroom activities, there will be several short lectures by local researchers designed to provide an overview of the variety of astronomical research taking place in the state of New Hampshire. These will include lecturers from both UNH and Dartmouth College.

The program will include a survey of the electromagnetic spectrum and how it is used in astronomy, including both visible and invisible parts of the spectrum. Gamma ray astronomy, the subject of the associated technical symposium, covers a large segment of the invisible region of the spectrum. Studies of this invisible radiation have provided astronomers with insights into various high-energy phenomena, including gamma ray bursts, black holes, neutrons stars, supernovae, quasars and solar flares. Event organizers include McConnell; Eleanor Abrams, UNH Department of Education; Martina Arndt, UNH graduate student in physics; Jan Derby, Christa McAuliffe Planetarium; Douglas Duncan, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago; Chris Harper, Pinkerton Academy; Sally Jensen, Holderness Central School; James Ryan, UNH Department of Physics; and Gary Wegner, Dartmouth College Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Astronomy Education Workshop Sponsored by UNH Space Science Center in conjunction with the 5th Compton Symposium

September 14, 1999

Participating schools

Alvirne High School
Hudson

Bow Memorial School
Bow

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy
Northwood

Comprehensive Grammar School
Methuen, MA

Conant High School
Jaffrey

Concord High School
Concord

Crisp Elementary School
Nashua

Deerfield Community School
Deerfield

Dover Children's Home
Dover

Dover Middle School
Dover

Ellis School
Fremont

Gilford Middle & High School
Gilford

Goffstown High School
Goffstown

Goshen-Lempster Coop School
East Lempster

Green Acres School
Manchester

Hampton Academy Junior High
Hampton

Harvard Elementary School
Harvard, MA

Holderness Central School
Holderness

Josiah Bartlett Elementary School
Bartlett

Keene Middle School
Keene

Kimball School
Concord

Lancaster Middle School
Lancaster

Lebanon Junior High
Lebanon

Maple Street School
Contoocook

Mastricola Middle School
Merrimack

Miles River Middle School
South Hamilton, MA

Outreach Center
Plymouth

Oyster River High School
Durham

Pennichuck Junior High
Nashua

Pinkerton Academy
Derry

Rochester Middle School
Rochester

Rundlett Middle School
Concord

Sacred Heart School
Hampton

Salem High School
Salem

Sant Bani School
Sanbornton

Sunapee Middle High School
Sunapee

Whitefield School
Whitefield

Wilkins Elementary School
Amherst

Woodsville High School
Woodsville

EDITORS, NEWS DIRECTORS:
Those interested in covering the teacher workshop should contact Carmelle Druchniak, UNH News Bureau, 603-862-1462. A list of participating schools follows this release.

By Carmelle Druchniak
UNH News Bureau