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Thirty Three Years of Teaching Thirty Years of Teaching Astronomy Including methods good or bad, you decide. Military Service (1959-1962) College (1962-1966) UMD -- Physics & Math. First Teaching Position (1966 -1969) (physics and math) Almont, Mich . . Almont Science Fair.
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Students ask again: Why not have our own observatory? Studied what it would take to build one; i.e. requirements, building design, funding, etc. Approached administration and told no. Students decide to carry forth anyway.
Form Viroqua Astronomical Society – raise funds, gather community support, make plans. Etc.Students (VAS) approach school with plan, build on school ground, financed outside of school, district agrees to maintain structure.)
Observatory opens. Parents and Grandparents become active viewers. Host WAAPT conference – gain support of professionals throughout the state. Bob Elliott
Student Builds own scope, goes on for Phd in Astrophysics, works at Optical Mirror Facility in Tucson.
Students spend full evenings at observatory Class sleeps on floor of classroom in mornings on occasion.Students master 6 methods of astrophotography.
Class taught with the idea of teaching methods of science. Study of different areas of Astronomy with emphasis on developing a lifelong appreciation for the sky. Sample photos, of sky, building, and students can be seen in notebook and on bulletin board.
Applied for leave of absence, turned down, resigned. Joined La Crosse Schools - 1979Appointed Planetarium Director (not shown facility during interview in 1970)
Planetarium use was minimal at this time. Don Olson - Physics Teacher kept the Planetarium Open Purchase of telescope - Meade 8 inch.Designed planetarium programs for total school district - grades k-12.Planetarium counted as part of teaching job.
Obtain Grant: Purchase of two Meade 8 inch and 3 astroscan scopes. Gave the first scope to other high school. They add astronomy as course of study.Astronomy accepted for science credit by many major universities.
.Wednesday evening viewing started. Students required to make observations and one major project. Do not have to be with teacher. Letter from superintendent releasing evening viewing from school rule of no activity on Wed. Eve. (example: Comet Hyakutake and Hale Bopp story; First evening no optics, just a blanket.; Joined by community members, university students, friends.
Occasional special times, solar and lunar eclipses, cookouts, etc.Field Trips to Hobbs Observatory - A time of learning for all, I am very proud of what they accomplished. Stories, examples Sara, Andy, Jessica, Gabe, etc.
Spreadsheet software for analyzing data and making calculations which are necessary.
Lost in Space - Investigate and find the way home.