Teacher Workshop on Astronomy Education

for Educators in Grades 5-12

September 14, 1999
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA

The University of New Hampshire is pleased to announce a workshop on astronomy education that will be held on September 14, 1999, in conjunction with the 5th Compton Symposium. The Symposium itself is the 5th in a series of international symposia dedicated to research in gamma-ray astronomy (with an emphasis on results from The Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory). The technical sessions will be held on September 15-17, the three days following the teacher workshop. The last Compton Symposium was held in 1997 in Williamsburg, Va and attracted over 300 researchers from around the world.

Workshop Location: Sheraton Harborside Hotel
250 Market Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: 603-431-2300
Fax: 603-433-5649
Hosted by:
The University of New Hampshire
Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space

NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center
The Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory Science Support Center


You can obtain a copy of the workshop announcement here.



The workshop organizers include researchers from both the University of New Hampshire and Dartmouth College, along with several New Hamphire educators. The current list of organizers includes:

Workshop Program

The purpose of the workshop will be to provide New Hampshire educators with valuable ideas and resources for the teaching of astronomical concepts. In addition, astronomical researchers from both the Space Science Center at University of New Hampshire and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College will provide particpants with an overview of astronomical research that is taking place within New Hampshire. This will provide an opportunity to foster connections between local educators and researchers with the goal of forming long-term partnerships.

There will be two components to the workshop. The morning session will be devoted to hands-on activities that will acquaint educators with some of the basic concepts in astronomy education and provide them with suitable curriculum materials. This session will be led by Dr. Douglas Duncan of the University of Chicago, who is also the National Education Coordinator of the American Astronomical Society. The afternoon session will consist of several short lectures by local researchers designed to provide an overview of the variety of astronomical research that is taking place within the state of New Hampshire. There may be some emphasis in these lectures on research in gamma ray astronomy, including such topics as gamma-ray bursts, black holes, neutrons stars, supernovae, quasars and solar flares.

Workshop Registration

There will be no registration fee for this workshop. Each particpant will be provided with a variety of hand out materials, including a copy of "The Universe at Your Fingertips", a large compendium of useful classroom exercises compiled by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Lunch will also be provided. The workshop is limited to 45 participants. If you would like to attend the workshop, please return the registration form by AUGUST 15.

Directions to Workshop

The Portsmouth Sheraton Harborside Hotel is most easily accessible from Exit 7 off of Route 95, the main north-south route through the New Hampshire Seacoast. The Sheraton is about one mile EAST of Route 95. The Hotel will be right in front of you as you approach a fork in the road. Turn right at the fork to reach the hotel entrance.


The following is our attempt to provide a list of links that represent an overview of astronomical research in New Hampshire.

At the UNH Space Science Center...

At the Dartmouth College Department of Physics and Astronomy...

Last Updated: May 11, 1999

Dr. Mark McConnell
Space Science Center
Morse Hall
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-2047
Fax: (603) 862-4685

Address E-mail Correspondence to : Mark.McConnell@unh.edu