Daily Archives: April 10, 2008

Preparing for the International Year of Astronomy Symposium – May 31-June 4, 2008

In 1609, Galileo first turned his telescope to the heavens and revolutionized humanity’s understanding of its place in the universe. In honor of the 400th anniversary of the astronomical telescope, the IYA will feature hands-on workshops and a three-day symposium to help educators, scientists, and anyone working in astronomy and space science outreach to prepare for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy.

The symposium will be held in St. Louis from May 31-June 4, 2008.

To learn more about this event and to sign up to receive e-mail updates, visit http://www.astrosociety.org/2008meeting

Global Climate Change Institute for Teachers: Elementary – July 11, July 25, August 22, 2008

Want to know more about global climate change?
What: Global Climate Change Institute for Teachers: Elementary
Where: Western Oregon University
When: Three dates to choose from
Friday, July 11, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Time: 8:30-4 pm
Cost: FREE! Includes snacks and lunch. (charges apply if taking the class for one graduate credit or if you choose to stay overnight in university housing)

What to expect:

  • Gain an understanding of what global climate change is and how it will impact the Pacific Northwest
  • Explore ways your school and students can initiate changes to reduce your school’s carbon footprint.
  • Learn how Global Climate change curriculum connects with national and state science standards
  • Participate in lessons and hands-on activities suitable for use in k-5 classrooms
  • Receive copies of the lessons along with supplies to take with you
  • Examine children’s books that can be integrated with the global climate change curriculum
  • Possible follow up school visit and assistance from GIFT staff during the 2008-09 school year

Limit: 24 elementary teachers each day
For more information contact: Dr. William Schoenfeld or Dr. Adele Schepige at gccift@wou.edu

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OMSI Rooster Rock State Park Star Party – April 12, 2008

(from our friends at OMSI in Portland, OR)

Another OMSI Star Party is scheduled for this Saturday evening at Rooster Rock starting at 8:30 pm. The early weather forecast shows some potential for mostly clear conditions for the event. ISS will be visible as a bonus at 8:24 pm. For possible weather cancellation, check the webpage link below, or call (503) 797-4610 on April 12 after 3:00 PM to get the latest information. Clear Skies! Jim Todd


April 12, 2008
Two of the visible planets of the solar system will join Earth’s moon in the night sky in mid-April, and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is inviting sky gazers to watch them at an evening event. Saturn, Mars and the Moon will gather in the evening sky on Saturday April 12, and OMSI, the Rose City Astronomers (RCA) and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers are throwing an Star Party that evening, weather permitting. Join us as we gaze at the spring night sky at Rooster Rock State Park, located 22 miles east of Portland on I-84 (east of Sandy River) at exit 25, starting at 8:30 pm. For possible weather cancellation, call (503) 797-4610 on April 12 after 3:00 PM to get the latest information. Parking is $3 per vehicle.

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