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NOAO K-12 Educational Outreach (1Dec95) (from Director's Office, NOAO Newsletter No. 44, December 1995) IDEA Grant Status Classroom presentations in our year long implementation of the IDEA Grant "Active Learning Exercises in Planetary and Solar Astronomy for K-3 Students" are drawing to a close. Eight members of the National Solar Observatory have been making repeat visits to the elementary classrooms this semester, presenting topics which include The Natural Sun, Sunspots and Solar Rotation, The Sun as a Clock, and Solar Music--Helioseismology. Students get involved with hands-on activities during each presentation and have worked with prisms and diffraction gratings, "old fashioned" blueprint paper, photographs showing shadows changing during the day, and made sun clocks during the course of the solar unit. Lessons learned, by astronomers and students, will be presented at the San Antonio AAS meeting. Lesson modules are being written up now, for World Wide Web and paper distribution. FAQ Brochures Available A list of Frequently Asked Questions About Being an Astronomer has been assembled, with questions compiled from students' phone calls into this office and answers based on interviews with NOAO staff astronomers. This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) list is available on-line through the K-12 Educational Outreach Activities link of the NOAO WWW Home Page (http://www.noao.edu/) and is expected to be most useful for middle and high school students interested in knowing more about astronomy as a career and lifestyle choice. Due to popular request, this FAQ is also available as a printed tri-fold brochure. You may order up to 25 copies of the brochure by sending your request to the following address: FAQ Request, NOAO Education Office P.O. Box 26732, Tucson, AZ 85726 Please include your name and mailing address, the number of copies requested, and a brief note about about how you will be using the brochures. Thank you for your interest. Suzanne Jacoby, Education Officer
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