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Omaha, Nebraska

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An Undergraduate Astronomy Research Class to the High School Level
  Location: SS Ballroom DE
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 9:30 AM -9:40 AM
  Author: Eric Hintz, Brigham Young University
801-422-4168, doctor@tardis.byu.edu
  Co-Author(s): Heather P. Jones
  Abstract: For over 10 years now we have taught an observational astronomy class at an advanced undergraduate level. This class teaches the methods of data acquisition, data processing, data analysis, and writing for publication, using optical data obtained on a CCD camera. The class is designed around teaching students the skills used for professional astronomical research, including the use of the IRAF reduction package developed at NOAO. The question then arises, can we train a younger group of students to perform full astronomical reductions? Over the last year we have begun development of a workshop for local high school teachers, or teachers from small colleges, to give them the tools to fully reduce astronomical data. We also had a local high school student come to us as an intern. He became our first test subject. We will report on our experiences.
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