AAVSO: American Association of Variable Star Observers

Engaging Teenagers in Astronomy Using the Lens of Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards (Abstract)

Volume 45 number 2 (2017)

Sean Gillette
Vanguard Preparatory School; sean_gillette@avusd.org
Debbie Wolf
Vanguard Preparatory School; debbie_wolf@avusd.org
Jeremiah Harrison
Sandia Academy; jeremiah_harrison@avusd.org

Abstract

(Abstract only) The Vanguard Double Star Workshop has been developed to teach eighth graders the technique of measuring position angle and separation of double stars. Through this program, the students follow in the footsteps of a professional scientist by researching the topic, performing the experiment, writing a scientific article, publishing a scientific article, and finally presenting the material to peers. An examination of current educational standards grounds this program in educational practice and philosophy.