Classroom Observatory

Dates: January 27 - March 13, 2020

Registration Fee: $0.00

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Classroom Observatory – A non-credit, online course for teachers who want to have their students implement classroom projects utilizing a robotic observatory. This course will focus on how to use the facility along with methods used in performing astrophotography. There will be an emphasis on how images taken at the observatory can be turned into student projects. Teachers should be familiar with basic computer skills. Upon successful completion of the course teachers will earn 30 hours of Montana Office of Public Instruction Renewal Units through Montana Learning Center.

This course is a pre-requisite for Classroom Observatory – Research, scheduled to run in the spring 2021 semester.

Fee:   $0.00


Peter Detterline

As Observatory Director for the Mars Society, Peter operates two telescopes, a solar observatory and a robotic observatory. He also teaches a hybrid course on astronomy for Montgomery County Community College and two online courses for Moravian College in Pennsylvania. He has worked with robotic telescopes in the classroom for two decades. He retired after 35 years as the Planetarium Director for the Boyertown Area School District where he gave programs to over half a million people of all age groups. Peter developed the curriculum for the Montana Learning Center's Explore the Universe Camp, Peter studied secondary education, concentrating in earth science at Kutztown University and completed graduate school in geology and astronomy at West Chester University. In addition he has done professional research on eclipsing binary stars, and currently works with the American Association of Variable Star Observers on adding to their variable star database.
Students must have access to Photoshop CC.

Current 7-12 teachers, Montana teachers will receive preferential registration

OPI renewal units will be awarded by Montana Learning Center.


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