2006 Fall Meeting Cite abstracts as Author(s) (2006), Title, Eos Trans. AGU,
(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract xxxxx-xx

HR: 09:45h
AN: ED11C-07
TI: Out Among the Asteroids Research Experiences for Middle School
AU: * Croft, S K
EM: scroft@noao.edu
AF: National Optical Astronomy Observatory, 950 N. Cherry Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
AU: Pompea, S M
EM: spompea@noao.edu
AF: National Optical Astronomy Observatory, 950 N. Cherry Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
AB: We are developing a prototype student education and research project using visible & near infrared color photometry to characterize Near Earth Objects, newly discovered asteroids, and other interesting objects of known orbits (e.g., Vesta and Ceres). The project is part of NOAO's successful student/teacher research program Teacher Leaders in Research Based Science Education and is also in support of the educational outreach program for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope currently under development. The project will be designed to provide Middle School students experience with hands-on observing and extracting research data from existing data archives. We will use asteroid science to teach elements of earth science, including the nature, development, and relations between terrestrial rocks, meteorites, and asteroid types; earth processes and origins of rock types, formation of the Earth, Moon, and solar system, the nature and possible use of near earth resources, and, of course, the connection between asteroid impacts and life on earth. Teachers will be provided with online modular classroom support materials and activities designed to be flexible in student learning objectives and classroom time commitment (one day, one week, or longer). Materials will tie asteroid science and processes to Earth Science Standards: different types and colors of terrestrial rocks and meteorites (relating to colors of observed asteroids), how different types of rocks and meteorites are formed (relating to rock cycle and other processes on Earth and asteroids), models of the solar system and how and where asteroids fit, etc. Research opportunities will be provided for students and teachers to use remote-controlled telescopes to make their own color or light curve observations of asteroids from their classrooms. Online support materials will describe observing techniques, provide lists of objects to be observed, and introduce detectors and standardized filters. Techniques for doing research using existing data archives (i.e., data-mining) will also be provided. Materials will describe data sets, software, and techniques for locating and/or discovering asteroids, measuring asteroid shapes and rotation rates (i.e., light curves), and determining the type and composition of asteroids by measuring their color. Students will be able to submit their own observations and results to a project archive, thereby contributing to a common source of data and information that can be used to develop research projects.
DE: 0805 Elementary and secondary education
DE: 0820 Curriculum and laboratory design
DE: 0845 Instructional tools
SC: Education and Human Resources [ED]
MN: 2006 Fall Meeting