January 2002 TOPS Newsletter
Hau`oli Makahiki Hou, TOPS Participants!
News for Everyone
Research experience for Teachers ProgramThe Institute for Astronomy (IfA) will have two openings this summer for secondary school math and science teachers to participate in our Research Experiences for Teachers program. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation.
The individuals selected for the program will work with a faculty mentor at the IfA's Manoa facility on a current research project. In most cases the participants will accompany the faculty member on an observing run at the Mauna Kea Observatories. Funding is also provided for the teacher to present her/his results at a scientific meeting. Each participant will receive a $10,000 stipend.
Teachers interested in applying for this program should submit a letter of application to
Institute for Astronomy
2680 Woodlawn Drive
Honolulu, HI 96822
by February 15, 2002. We anticipate making offers to the selected teachers by March 1, 2002.
The letter of application should include the following:
UH Manoa Physics Open HouseThe UH Manoa Dept. of Physics & Astronomy is having an open house Saturday morning, Feb. 9, and invites you and your students to attend. As an additional incentive, we will provide teachers who plan to attend and who respond by Jan. 28 with a parking voucher. You will still have to pay $3 when you drive onto campus, but you will get $3 back when you give the voucher to the parking attendant when you leave. Please let Michael Jones know as soon as possible by email, fax, or phone if you plan to attend and how many students from your school are likely to attend. Phone 808 956-2932, fax 808 956-2930, email email@example.com.
8:30 - Welcome & Overview, Watanabe 112
9:00, 10:00, 11:00 - Rotating presentations on these topics:
Use of PREL ComputersIf you are a TOPS teacher who has limited or no access to the Internet, here is some help for you. Those teachers who live on a Pacific island with a PREL office can use PREL's Internet access capability to do research for your classes and download classroom materials (often free). If you need more information or the contact information for your local PREL representative, please contact Bev.
Webwatchers Teacher WorkshopNSTA has created a program to train a cadre of teachers to become WebWatchers. This cadre will research and select Web sites that can be integrated into science curricula, and they will share their research with other teachers through the NSTA Web site. For specifics about the summer workshops, click here.
News for TOPS 2001 Participants
Student GradesGrades have been mailed already, but the Credit/No Credit designation was a mistake. Karen has put in change-of-grade forms. Unfortunately, UH does not send out grades a second time, so if you want to find out your grade, you need to request a transcript. Each transcript request is $3.00. To request a transcript, do ONE of the following:
2001 Teacher MeetingWe had a TOPS 2001 post-workshop teacher meeting on Saturday 1/19/02. The meeting was in large part to network about the implementation of TOPS activities in the classroom and how to run the required secondary workshops. In addition we got caught up to date on news. The agenda, with links to the meeting handouts, is shown below.
Thanks to Jim Bedient, Kathy Chock, Tom Chun, Scot Ewen, Jean Hamai, Sophia Hu, Alyce Ikeoka, Vic Kim, Clyde Kobashigawa, and Cheryl Shintani for braving some very stormy weather to come to the meeting at IfA. Mary brought in a Korean dinner for us, and Alyce and Cheryl contributed delicious desserts.
Science Highlights and Resources
TOPS Alum Happenings
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