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Boeing Observatory Professional Development 2017

Friday, June 9 or Friday, June 16 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Teachers from across South Carolina pose with the Boeing Observatory’s 1926 Alvan Clark telescope.

Join the State Museum and Boeing Observatory for a fun, FREE, astronomy professional learning experience for 1st, 4th and 8th grade educators! In our Summer 2017 Boeing Observatory workshops, you’ll discover:

  • Standards-based astronomy activities

  • Boeing Observatory distance learning programs and how to use them in your classroom

  • Fun astronomy/STEAM teaching strategies

  • South Carolina State Museum on-site astronomy field trip opportunities

Please note: High school teachers who teach astronomy as part of physical science, earth science, or astronomy electives are welcome as well.

Workshop participants are expected to conduct at least one Boeing Observatory distance learning experience in their classrooms during the 2017-2018 school year.

Evening Extension
If you’d like a more in-depth experience, join us for our optional evening extension from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m! You’ll have dinner with museum astronomy educators and use the museum’s 1926 12 3/8-inch Alvan Clark telescope to observe Jupiter (weather permitting). You’ll get an image of Jupiter to show to your students and learn how to control the telescope from your school for family STEM nights, astronomy nights, and star parties!

Dinner for evening extension participants will be covered by the museum. So we have an accurate dinner count, please register for the evening extension by the workshop registration deadline of June 2, 2017.

All participants will receive a certificate documenting their attendance for 7 hours of instruction. Participants in the optional evening extension will receive a certificate for 10 hours of instruction.

How Do I Register?
Simply fill out the form below and observatory staff will be in touch with you within 48 hours. Registration is first come, first served, and each workshop is limited to 15 participants. The South Carolina State Museum reserves the right to prioritize registrations to 1st, 4th, and 8th grade teachers, and high school teachers who teach astronomy. The registration deadline is June 2, 2017.