WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a powerful visualization program that allows users to connect Earth-based and space-based views of the Sun- Earth-Moon system. By blending hands-on physical activities with WWT's virtual models, students can visualize spatially complex concepts like seasons, Moon phases, and eclipses. In this workshop, we will demonstrate how WWT and the physical models are used together in our WWT ThinkSpace curriculum, developed with funding from the National Science Foundation. We will also present student learning outcomes based on written assessments and student interviews.
The New Universe (CASW Patrusky Lecture), at Memphis, TN, Sunday, October 23, 2022:
A Peek at How We See the Universe with Glue, at Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA, Tuesday, June 28, 2022:
Seeing the Future (Part 2 of AG at "Seeing the Future" meeting), at Wentworth Hotel, New Castle, NH, Wednesday, May 4, 2022:
The Prediction Project (Part 1 of AG on May 4, 2022 at "Seeing the Future"), at Wentworth Hotel, New Castle, NH, Wednesday, May 4, 2022:
The New Milky Way, in 3D, at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Phillips Auditorium, Thursday, February 24, 2022:
How to Publish 21st Century Science in a 21st Century Way?, at (online only), Friday, February 12, 2021:
Chilloquium, at (Online only), Tuesday, May 4, 2021:
PRISEd Conversation 2020, at zoom, Tuesday, July 14, 2020:
Cultivating Curiosity with Life in the Universe and WorldWide Telescope.” Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 524, 273.Abstract. 2019. “
When students encounter complex topics like the search for extraterrestrial life, questions abound - thoughtful, unpredictable, and often profound. Despite this thriving curiosity, the first step to be able to explore complex questions is developing the capacity to verbalize a meaningful question. The WorldWide Telescope Ambassadors team designed an out-of-school curriculum called Life in the Universe, which engages middle school-aged students in the science and scientific process of the search for distant life. Students practice generating meaningful questions, which will guide them through the science content, as groups of students build to culminating capstone projects. Results from surveys administered to participating students indicate gains in curiosity in science, as well as in seeing oneself as successful in science.
Calypso to Calypso Wednesday, October 16, 2019:
Visualizing Seasons and Moon Phases with WorldWide Telescope.” Advancing Astronomy for All: ASP 2018 ASP Conference Series, 524, Pp. 125. Publisher's VersionAbstract. 11/2019. “
Calypso to Calypso (Preview) and Mapping the Milky Way, at Winthrop House, Harvard University, Tuesday, July 30, 2019