Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference: Teen Astronomy Café - To Go!

Saturday, 10 December 2022 noon — 1:50 p.m. MST

Online event

Star Educators
Justine Schaen/ Rob Sparks (NOIRLab)

NSF’s NOIRLab’s Teen Astronomy Café – To Go! program brings the excitement of scientific discovery to students around the world by providing them with the opportunity to explore real astronomical data using the same tools as astronomers. Students explore phenomena such as black holes, exoplanet atmospheres, and gravitational lensing using Python Notebooks. Each topic includes educator resources and strategies for implementing the activities in the classroom. No coding background is required and the materials are scaffolded to engage all learners.This workshop will introduce educators to the free program, the logistics of incorporating the resources into any educational setting, and provide a hands-on experience as we explore the Exoplanet Atmospheres Python Notebook. We use the notebook to determine the relationship between a planet’s radius and the depth of the light curve and analyze exoplanet spectra to identify chemicals present in a planet’s atmosphere.