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The Classroom Astronomer is a full color, quarterly PDF publication designed as a practitioner journal for classroom teachers of astronomy. While centered at the high school level, it also provides tips, techniques and informative how-to articles for teachers of grades K-8 and undergraduate college "Astro 101" courses. Our mission is to increase the amount of astronomy in the school systems and improve the skills of teachers.
Cover Story! Examples of the Thrills of Science - "It's the thrill of discover that keeps us in astronomy," says a Nobel Prize winner. In this article, he and three others who have experienced The Moment of Discovery, when they were the only persons who knew what they had found, discuss their experiences, how they got there, and what they suggest teachers do to encourage students into science.
Russian Students at Baikonur Cosmodrome - Winners
of a contest fly to Moscow and then Russia's space center,
Baikonur. What a field trip! Not only the usual museums and
sights but they get to watch three astro/cosmonauts prepare for a
launch...and watch the launch, too!
The House of Astronomy - No,
you can't live there, but as a teacher, you might wish to attend
workshops, a state of the art planetarium that takes you out of the
universe, and more.
Stars Beneath My Feet!! - Who
says education research has to be boring? Here are two
computer/astronomy education researchers at play, brainstorming for
workable ideas to teach astronomy concepts. Experience falling
through space in 3-D, hand control of Jupiter, and the N-Body problem as
a computer game.
Ach du meine GŁte! Heidelberg Scientists Stare at Sun for Fun! - A partial solar eclipse brings out nearly a hundred scientists to view a natural event! How many different ways do they safely watch the eclipse?
Photons Focused On -- Astronomical Heidelberg - Astronomy,
real and in the non-science world, abounds. Here are four pages
of photos showing astronomical words in non-astronomical contexts, plus a
rare sighting in the sky!
Pictures from this Issue!
...this website and the quarterly publications would certainly be one of my most valuable resources...(they) have many practical suggestions for classroom and evening activities to make astronomy more accessible for high school students. - W. Brouwer, reviewer, Alberta, Canada AAPT section
Most articles in TCA are up to the standard of The Science Teacher. - B. Palmquist, professor of physics/science education, Central Washington University
...(TCA) is notable for its infectious enthusiasm. Give this unpretentious journal a chance. - Magazines for Libraries
Your magazine will be a good resource both for me, and for the B. Ed. students who are taking the elementary science course...Well-done! - Terry Bridger, Queens University, Canada
I just spent my lunch hour reading through it, and it's a lot of fun with some good classroom ideas ready to go. - Colin Jagoe, Kawartha Pine Ridge, District School Board, Canada
I have just subscribed to your magazine and have read the fall issue. What a great concept! What a fantastic resource! Thank you for taking your love of the skies and turning it into something that will help us teachers create a future generation of knowledgeable sky observers! - Deborah J. Snow, Perrysburg Jr. High, OH
An impressive mass of interesting material! - Guy Ottewell, Author Astronomical Calendar
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The Classroom Astronomer is published by Hermograph Press LLC, Marietta, GA
Publisher/Editor: Dr. Larry Krumenaker