Astronomy Education in the Pensacola Area
Resources for Elementary School Educators
There are several courses offered
in the Pensacola area for those interested in studying astronomy, and resource
packets for area elementary teachers who are seeking resources for the astronomy
section of their science curriculum.
Pensacola State College (formerly
Pensacola Junior College), offers a distance learning course in Descriptive
Astronomy, course code AST 1002.
The University of West Florida
offers an in-class overview astronomy course, Modern Astronomy, course code AST
For Resources for Elementary Educators, access:
If you would like a teacher's packet of astronomical information and activities that may be done in the classroom, you may send a request to:
Dr. Wayne Wooten
c/o Physical Sciences Department
Pensacola, Florida 32504
or, you may use the e-mail or voice mail listings on the EAAA Home Page to request a packet.
If you send a SASE, please send a large 9" x 12" mailing envelope.
Star Charts are often available at Ft. Pickens stargazes during the summer months.
Links from the following table offer course information on the various astronomy courses offered by both Pensacola Junior College and the University of West Florida. Teacher Training Sessions, however, are not listed here.
This course, developed by Draco
Productions, is offered through Pensacola Junior College's Continuing Education
program. It is designed for adults who would like to learn how to
use and care for astronomical equipment that they already have, and for those
who are planning to invest in their first telescope or binoculars. There
are hands-on activities, and plenty of resource materials that will aid your
observational skills, either naked-eye, or with any astronomical instrument.
Course Material Requirements:
The Importance of Keeping Observation Logs
Overview of all pack materials
Definitions of Observational Terminology
Discussion of Astronomical Sketches in Logs
Observing Certificate Programs
Computer Lab Session: Sky Map Shareware (floppy disc)
(How to use your free copy of this "planetarium" software, and how to print out star charts).
General Planetary Observation
Saturn Observation (in season)
Night Sky Observation
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BASIC COURSE INFORMATION
Registration information for Pensacola Junior College Courses may be found at:
Traditional Lecture Course Description:
AST 1005 is the code for: Descriptive Astronomy, (3-hours, 3 Course Credits)
This course is a study of the
celestial sphere, constellations, time, telescopes, the properties of light, the
solar system, and an introduction to stars and galaxies. A working knowledge of
arithmetic and simple (High School level) algebra is required. This
course meets Associate of Arts General Education Category VII.
Distance Learning Descriptive
Astronomy AST 1005
If you are interested in taking an astronomy course for fun or for credit, you may be interested in taking the basic Astronomy course taught by Dr. John Wayne Wooten. Besides the classroom course, two other astronomy courses are also available, - the Astronomy Telecourse and the Astronomy Lab Course offered for Distance Learning. These courses are also available for those who are out-of-area residents. Information on registering for them is available at the following site:
or, phone PJC Distance Learning Center at 1-850-484-1238.
These courses fulfill one of the two required science credits for the general AA Degree in the Junior College program. The coursework for both of these courses (3 hour credits) is also transferable to upper level institutions. If, because of work or family duties, you don't have the time to physically attend classes, independent study courses are invaluable boons to education.
The astronomy correspondence course is also of benefit to anyone interested in amateur astronomy as a hobby, in that it gives you a general education in astronomical science as well as observational tips. A hobby built upon a general knowledge of the hobby subject is so much more rewarding than sporadic efforts to participate in areas that are unfamiliar.
1005L is a one-hour lab, optional to accompany AST
1005 or AST 1005T. It is offered over the Internet, and meets PJC's
general lab science requirement. A preliminary orientation session is
offered during the first week of class at the Pensacola Junior College Main
AST 1005T is the code for the telecourse: Universe: The Infinite Frontier
This telecourse is an introductory astronomy course where students can explore the planets, the stars, and all that lies beyond. It covers four major content areas: Exploring the Sky; The Stars; The Universe of Galaxies, and Planets in Perspective. The programs incorporate footage from NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Hubble Space Telescope, and observatories around the world. Original, state-of-the-art animation and computer graphics illustrate fundamental principles and concepts of astronomy.
For out-of-area students who cannot view the lessons on WSRE-TV, tapes may be rented. The source for tape rental (prices may vary, but average around $60.00 per semester) is:
RMI Media Production, Inc. / 1365
North Winchester Street / Olathe, Kansas 66061 / Phone 1-800-745-5840, or FAX
Admissions/Registration information may be found at:
This course meets the general science requirement for non-science majors. It is a popular elective featuring night observation on the roof of Building 13 at UWF using many telescopes. The course covers the history of astronomy, tools of the astronomer, the solar system, the sun and other stars, the Milky Way and other galaxies, and theories in modern cosmology. Introductory level algebra is sufficient for all math used in the course.
Students learn telescope construction and astrophotography techniques. Constellation identification and major navigational star identification is another course practical. Modern astronomy stresses new developments and controversial ideas in current astronomical research. Much use is made of Internet resources in astronomy. The course includes optional readings on current topics in astronomy, as well as astronomical software exercises for extra credit.
For more information about this course, go to:
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