Classroom Observatory – Research

Dates: January 25 - March 12, 2021

Location: Online - Non-Credit Brightspace

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Registration Fee: $0.00

Classroom Observatory – Research is 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 methods used in performing research photometry. There will be an emphasis on how images taken at the observatory can be turned into student projects. Teachers are required to complete the Classroom Observatory – Astrophotography first to learn the basics of operating the observatory and taking images. Upon successful completion of the course teachers will earn 30 hours of Montana Office of Public Instruction Renewal Units through Montana Learning Center.

*Students must have either taken Classroom Observatory in spring 2020 or Classroom Observatory – Astrophotography in fall 2020.

Fee:   $0.00

The above fee is an online user charge. Registrants also pay a Master Gardener course fee, determined by and payable to your Montana county or reservation Extension office.

Online - Non-Credit Brightspace

This class will use the non-credit Brightspace interface. Students will receive an automated email with log-in instructions the Friday before class begin date. Students will not have access to the course until the instructor activates it.

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

Students must have either taken Classroom Observatory in spring 2020 or Classroom Observatory – Astrophotography in fall 2020.

OPI renewal units will be awarded by Montana Learning Center

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