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TOPS Workshop Cost

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The purpose of the program is to develop hands-on skills in astronomy, gain new content knowledge about astronomy and related sciences, to learn about assessment and to participate in the research process. Part of these goals are met by developing a collegial atmosphere where outside of the formal activities, discussions lead to ideas, collaborations and new activities. For this reason, we require that all participants board with the group, and participate fully in all of the activities.

In addition, for the teachers, we require that you take some part of TOPS to try to implement in your classroom, and that you document this. We will help with this through follow-up workshops, online resources and other fun activities and gatherings (sometimes by video or at the summer PREL meetings for the Pacific Affiliates). Participation in TOPS is therefore more than just a 3 week summer commitment for the teachers. We require that you are an active teacher (or actively involved in the educational process), and that you will be continuing this after TOPS. We also strongly encourage that previous TOPS teachers participate in the program for several years to build up necessary skills.

  • Eligibility - The program is targeted at teachers in Hawaii and the 9 US-affiliated Pacific Entities (American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, Yap, Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau). Our target goal is to accept roughly 2/3 of the teacher from Hawaii and 1/3 from the Pacific affiliates, in proportion to their relative populations. We may accept limited participants from other areas on a case by case basis. The student component will be exclusively from Hawaii and the Pacific affiliates. Please note: students must be 16 years of age at the time of the workshop to participate.

  • Costs - The only cost associated with the workshop is a fee of $50 which will be used to (1) guarantee your spot in the program, and (2) to cover a few expenses that we cannot put on the federal funding. This fee need only be paid after you have been accepted to the program (see the application forms page to apply).

  • Stipends - The participating teachers will receive a stipend of $60 per day during the program. This will be payable in 2 allotments - half after the successful completion of the summer workshop, and half after implementation of classroom activities and participation in workshop followup.

Last Updated on December 10, 1999

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Karen Meech, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii