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.
- describe and discuss the Solar System,
- describe the different distance scales in the Solar System,
- read and interpret a star chart, with special attention to
- use a small telescope,
- describe the relevant properties of light, optics, and geometry in
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.
- 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
- Instructor: Greer
These guys will work with the planet and ring/moon system
- 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.
Actual labs from this might be found on our
- 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.