CARA Outreach / Yerkes Summer Institutes / Schedule from 1994

This document assumes you have read the general information on the YSIs.


Theme is the Solar System. Goal is to perform an interlocking set of activities that build upon the experiences at the Adler Planetarium and the comet/Jupiter collision. Besides simply experiencing well-guided, hands-on astrophysics activities, by the end of the week the students should be able to: We can expect three student teams: Sgr, Virgo & Leo. The numbers, though still a little uncertain, will be about seven on each team. Each activity will have one permanent leadership student who will assist with the lab in a mentoring role (e.g. a TA). On Sunday afternoon, starting at 1:00 PM, each instructor will have time to describe their activities to his or her leadership student. Be sure to give them written materials at that time so they can help you in your activities. If you wish to contact your student earlier, their names are listed on page 10. Each team will be led by another leadership student. The net result is that you will have one "floating" and one "permanent" leadership student to help with the activity. Of course the "permanent" student will be the most helpful.

Dates: Sunday, August 7th through Saturday, August 13th.

Don't forget that all your activities must have their written descriptions in Macintosh readable form. After this year's institute they will be assembled in a binder for future year's reference and use.

Workshop Titles and Teaching Teams

The leader of each activity or workshop. You will have the assistance of the leadership students who are in each team. Note that your plan must include a rain/cloud activity. You are also responsible for turning in a Macintosh Word version of the activity at the end of the Institute.

Daytime workshops

Instructor: Brass
This group wil work with images of Jupiter and its moons. In particular, they will probably try to determine the mass of the planet.
Instructor: Greer
These guys will work with the planet and ring/moon system interactions.
Instructor: Rebull
These folks will be making and studying craters.
Measuring Small Angles
Instructor: Sweitzer
This group will learn about the small angle formula and how to derive and apply it. They will also measure the resolving power of their eyes and calibrate a telescope for evening observing.
Instructor: Whitt
In this activity, they will make sundials and thereby learn about the apparent motion of the Sun.
Solar System Model
Instructor: Newberg
This group will make a scale model of the Solar System.
Speed of Light
Instructor: Kron, Dreiser
The speed of light will be measured in this lab by using the 40-inch dome as a reflector.

Nighttime Workshops

Seeing and Measuring Small Angles in the Sky
Instructor: Brass, Sweitzer
Using the Milwaukee small telescopes and an eyepiece fitted with a reticle that's calibrated during the day.
Stellar Spectroscopy
Instructor: Harper, Rebull
This is a spectroscopy activity that will investigate the dispersion of light both in the lab and with a telescope.
Hunt for Outer Planets
Instructor: Kron, Greer
Using 10-inch telescope with setting circles.
Summer Constellations and Measuring Angles in the Sky
Instructor: Whitt, Dreiser
Learn to measure large angles in the sky and find summer stars.
Actual labs from this might be found on our Resources page.