As the coordinator for the Dudley Astrophotograpy and Research (K)nights group, I help other community members hone their skills. We are working on several citizen sky projects, such as the Epsilon Aurigae Variable Star project and Galaxy Zoo. We have also been learning different astrophotography techniques and practicing our new skills.
I attended an excellent week-long seminar for middle school teachers co-sponsored by the Dudley Observatory. I learned the basics of sun-viewing, star, galaxy and nebula-watching in a nighttime viewing and generally got very excited about pushing more astronomy into my earth science curriculum. The ideas I was exposed to came from NASA, longtime eteacher experts in the field and others devoted to the astrosciences. Without this course, I wouldn't have the enthusiasm and ideas to pump up my teaching. Thanks!
I had high expectations for the professional development (PD) program offered in conjunction with the Dudley Observatory, and I was extremely satisfied with the experience. The variety of learning opportunities offered was vast, the speakers were exceptional, and the other participants pushed my thoughts on how to reach all students. During the observational astronomy evening, middle and high school students were able to demonstrate their understanding and passion for astronomy. This excitement was made available by the individuals working for the Dudley Observatory.