Astronomy and Cosmology: Stars and Stories

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Summer 2017 (Second Session)
Day and Evening
Credits per quarter

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This summer, our field-based interdisciplinary study of science and humanities will focus on the solar eclipse and activities designed for amateur astronomers.  Our work will include exploring inquiry-based science education, mythology, archeo-astronomy, literature, philosophy, history, and cosmological traditions. Students will participate in a variety of activities from telling star-stories to working in a computer lab to create educational planetarium programs. We will employ qualitative and quantitative methods of observation, investigation, hands-on activities, and strategies that foster inquiry-based learning and engage the imagination. Through readings, lectures, films, workshops, and discussions, participants will deepen their understanding of the principles of astronomy, and refine their understanding of the role that cosmology plays in our lives through the stories we tell, the observations we make, and the questions we ask.

We will attend the Oregon Star Party, in Central Oregon, where we will be in the direct path of the solar eclipse on August 21st. We will camp in the high desert for a week, where we will participate in intensive field studies, develop our observation skills, learn to use binoculars, star-maps, and navigation guides to identify objects in the night sky, and operate 8” and 12” Dobsonian telescopes to find deep space objects.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: astronomy, education, public programs and interpretive work (museums, parks, observatories, outdoor education), writing, literature, philosophy, cultural studies, mythology and storytelling, scientific research

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Special Expenses:

Students must bring their own camping gear, supplies, food, water, etc. for camping in the high desert. Contact instructor for details.

Required Fees:

$500 for travel and field study expenses, guest lecturers, and supplies

Scheduled for: Day and Evening

Located in: Olympia

Advertised schedule:

Class: 6-10 pm, Mon/Wed, July 31, Aug. 2, 7, 9, 14, 28, 30; field studies in Oregon, Aug. 16-22