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Cool New Website

The Zooniverse website  features a number of space science projects that you can get involved with.  Take a look!

Final Day Pictures

Here are pictures taken by Dr. Dwarkadas (Vikram) on our final day of the program.

Order of Student Presentations


Post-Surveys Here!

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Morning Q&A with Teachers

Don York and teachers discuss questions arising from the afternoon SDSS research sessions.

Don York and Teachers

College Speakers

Veronica Hauad from The University of Chicago Admissions Office and Bonnie Kanter from the College Bridge program share opportunities available to Chicago-area students with high-school participants in the All-Stars program.

Veronica and Students         Bonnie Kanter


Teachers, how did you get interested in science?

Tell us your story!  What was it, who was it, how did it happen that you became interested in science?

Expectations for Presentations – Teachers

The presentations of lesson plans on the final days of our program will entail the following:

  • Each teacher (Bill, Diane, Eddie, Mercy, and Nik) will take 30-45 minutes to present his/her lesson plan to the entire group.  The entire group includes the students, program staff, Don York, and possibly other scientists.  (More time is permitted, if needed.)
  • You can do this as a PowerPoint presentation or other format.  I suggest following the lesson plan template as a way of organizing your presentation.
  • If you plan to do a hands-on activity as part of your lesson (such as using SDSS), plan to briefly demonstrate or describe what you will do.
  • The mentors will use a rubric to evaluate the teacher lesson plans and make suggestions for improvements.
  • Presentation of the lesson plan is a requirement of the program.  Any suggested edits based on the mentor evaluations (which I would expect to be minor) will need to be made before submitting your final lesson plan to me.
  • If your lesson plan requires more than minor edits before finalizing, I will arrange a two-week extension for you to work with a colleague to improve your lesson plan.  The lesson plan will be due on August 14.

Mentors may also do lesson plans, if they wish.  Please contact me if you are interested in doing one.


Lesson Plan Tempate

The Lesson Plan Template All-Stars 2013 is now available for you to use for creating your lesson plan.

If you have questions about the template, please post them to the blog so that everyone shares in the information.

You can also refer to the Gamma Ray Tools Lesson Guide  as an example of a completed lesson plan.

I have started a category called Teacher Resources for these and other useful materials.

Eman’s Spectra Activity Template – Get it here!

Spectra activity template

Who says the mini is only good for playing Angry Birds?

Playing Chess

Malek and David concentrating on chess during the afternoon break.

Teacher Lesson Plans

At the end of the program, we expect each of the teachers (not including the mentors) to develop a lesson plan for the following lessons.  I am including teachers’ chosen lesson plans in this list.

Optical History  – Mercy Kurian

Optical Science – Eddie Gonzalzes

Optical Tools – Nik Barge

Optical Impact –

X-ray History – Diane Hawist

X-ray Tools

X-ray impact – William Lyons

There are 5 teachers (Mercy, Diane, Nik, Bill and Eddie), so there will be 5 lesson plans to present at the end of the program.  Each of the teachers should choose one of these lessons (with no overlapping of choosing the same lesson).  Teachers  can prepare more than one lesson plan, if they wish.


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