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Summer 2008 GEMS Workshop Agenda

Girls continued their exploration of the universe with digital astronomy.

Monday, June 30

9 a.m.

Welcome Back
Introduction
Spring Review

9:45 a.m.

Skyserver Activity #1: Star, Galaxy, Quasar Identification

10:30 a.m.

Prep for Speaker

10:45 a.m.

Break

11:00 a.m.

Videoconferencing with Dr. Kirsten Coppin
Astronomer at Durham University in England

11:30 a.m.

Sharing of Research Challenge Results

12:00 p.m.

Lunch

12:45 p.m.

CCD Hands-On Simulation Activity

1:45 p.m.

DS9 Activity #1: Tri-Color Imaging of Galaxy NGC 1087

2:30 p.m.

Break

2:45 p.m.

Worldwide Telescope Introduction
Group Assignments

3:45 p.m.

Moodle

4:00 p.m.

Close

Tuesday, July 1

9 a.m.

Welcome

9:30 a.m.

Field Trip to Campus Observatory

10:30 a.m.

Snack

10:45 a.m.

DS9 Activity #2: Asteroid Hunt

11:45 a.m.

Moodle

12:00 p.m.

Lunch

12:45 p.m.

Prep for Speaker

1:00 p.m.

Skyserver Activity #2: Galaxy Morphology and the Hubble Tuning Fork

2:00 p.m.

Dr. Susan Lamb
Assoc. Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UIUC

2:30 p.m.

Break

3:00 p.m.

Group Projects

3:45 p.m.

Moodle

4:00 p.m.

Close

Wednesday, July 2

9 a.m.

Welcome
Introduction: Galaxies and Large Scale Structures

9:30 a.m.

Observing Trips
Dr. Brian White and Britt Lundgren

10:30 a.m.

Break

10:45 a.m.

Skyserver Activity #3: Homogenity and Isotropy of the Universe

11:45 a.m.

Moodle

12:00 p.m.

Lunch

12:45 p.m.

DS9 Activity #3: Tri-Color Imaging of Supernovae Remnant N49

1:30 p.m.

Group Project

2:15 p.m.

Prep for Speaker

2:30 p.m.

Break

3:00 p.m.

Videoconferencing with Dr. Evelyn Gates
Assistant Director at Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, The University of Chicago

3:45 p.m.

Moodle

4:00 p.m.

Close

Thursday, July 3

9 a.m.

Welcome
Introduction: The Solar System

10:15 a.m.

Prep for Speaker

10:30 a.m.

Break

10:45 a.m.

Skyserver Activity #4: The Solar System

11:30 a.m.

Natalie Strand
Graduate Researcher, Physics at UIUC

11:45 a.m.

Moodle

12:00 p.m.

Lunch

12:45 p.m.

DS9 Activity #4: Tri-Color Imaging of Supernovae, Galaxies and Newborn Stars

1:15 p.m.

Group Presentations

2:45 p.m.

Moodle

3:00 p.m.

Ice Cream Social

4:00 p.m.

Close


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