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Teachers Eating Pizza: A Night of Astronomy (Educator Workshop)

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Fleet Science Center

1875 El Prado

San Diego, CA 92101

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This workshop is free with a refundable deposit. Attendance at the event is required to receive deposit. Please contact Jason (teacherprograms -at- rhfleet.org) if you have additional questions.

Teachers Eating Pizza is an educator workshop at the Fleet Science Center that occurs on the first Wednesday of each month.

Come for the pizza, converse with colleagues, learn curriculum-ready interdisciplinary content related to the month's topic and attend the 7 p.m. The Sky Tonight Astronomer-led planetarium show in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.

Following the workshop, the San Diego Astronomy Association invites you to view the stars through telescopes on the Prado during their monthly program Stars in the Park.

The following topics are emphasized in the workshop and planetarium. The topic of the educator workshop may vary from the planetarium show to be more in line with Next Generation Science Standards.

December 6: Star Wars Connections and Southern-Sky Constellations

  • In the Workshop: Get ready for The Last Jedi! How do scientists study binary stars like that seen from Tatooine? What are the forces at play on Earth and in space, and how do those translate to landspeeders and X-Wings? Come explore standards-aligned concepts that relate to the Star Wars universe.
  • In the Planetarium: Constellations of the Southern Sky. Depending on which side of the equator you are on, there can be completely different sets of constellations to view in the night sky. Some constellations can only be seen from the southern hemisphere of the Earth. Join us to learn about the stars, stories and constellations of the southern hemisphere sky.

January 3, 2018: Deep Space Observations and Properties of Light Waves

  • In the Workshop: Wave Properties and the Hubble Space Telescope. How does Hubble see and how has Hubble's vision given us an increased understanding of our universe? Explore deep space objects through properties of light waves in this month's workshop.
  • In the Planetarium: NASA’s Great Observatories. To the naked eye, the night sky is collection of stars and planets scattered across a deep black canvas, but the sky looks very different using telescopes to observe the universe on wavelengths our eyes can’t see. The Hubble Telescope and other space-borne observatories in NASA’s Great Observatories program were designed to show us the universe in gamma rays, X-rays, optical and infrared wavelengths. Join us this month to learn more about the Great Observatories and the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope.

February 7, 2018: Micro Rocket Lab and Black Holes

  • In the Workshop: Micro Rockets. Hydrogen and oxygen in the right ratio will cause an explosive reaction, enough to power rockets like that found on the Space Shuttle. In this lab, participants will experiment with ratios, gather data and communicate findings for optimal rocket design.
  • In the Planetarium: White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, and Black Holes. When stars die, they leave behind white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes. How can a star be made out of neutrons? Black holes are often thought to be cosmic vacuum cleaners, but do they really suck up everything around them? This month’s shows focuses on these exotic stellar remnants.

March 7, 2018:

  • In the Workshop: TBD
  • In the Planetarium: TBD

What does this event include?

    • Pizza!

    • An interdisciplinary astronomy workshop

    • The opportunity to network with area teachers

    • The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show (a $16.95 value)

  • Access to Stars in the Park, a program run by a local astronomy club

What is the schedule for the evening?

    • 4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Check in through the Business Entrance on the Parking lot side of the Fleet

    • 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Pizza and Teacher workshop

    • 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Break & Self-guided Museum Exploration

    • 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show

  • 8:00 p.m.: Optional Stars in the Park with the San Diego Astronomers Association

What grade are the lessons designed for?
Astronomy is for everyone! However, the workshop portion of the evening is most applicable to K-8 teachers. Questions about the workshop content? Please contact us!

What if I want to bring family or friends?
Family and friends are welcome to purchase tickets to The Sky Tonight's 7 p.m. show. You may join your party in the Theater lobby at the conclusion of the educator workshop at 6:30 p.m. Due to space limitations, we ask that only educators register for this educator workshop. All other attendees should register through the Fleet Science Center's website.

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Fleet Science Center

1875 El Prado

San Diego, CA 92101

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