CARA Outreach / Yerkes Summer Institutes / Schedule from 1995

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


Themes will focus on the Sun and the Moon, because they will be our primary astronomical objects this time. Our goal is to perform an interlocking set of activities. Besides simply experiencing well-guided, hands-on astronomy, by the end of the week the students should, we hope, be able to : We can expect three student teams: Re, Khonsu & Horus-Shetaui. Numbers, though a little uncertain in one case, will be about eight on each team. Leadership students will accompany and lead their teams in the activities. Wisecup said that the mix is about 50/50 in terms of students who've been to Yerkes vs. those for whom this will be the first time.

Most instructors will have one additional student assistant who will help with the lab in a TA role. I've tried to talk with everyone and determine where the need is greatest. Sunday afternoon, starting at 1:00 PM, each instructor will have time to describe their activities to these teachers and the leadership students. Be sure to give them written materials at that time so they may help you in your activities.

Dates: Sunday, August 6th through Saturday, August 12th.

Don't forget that all your activities must have their written descriptions in text files. If you have any images they must be put into pict, jpeg or gif formats for conversion. They will be put into the CARA WWW site as the week proceeds. This should solve the "publishing" problem we've had trouble with in the past. Luisa Rebull (assisted by Evan Harper) will be the webmaster.

Workshop Titles and Teaching Teams

The leader of each activity or workshop is listed. 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 text file version of the activity during the Institute. We will take pictures during the institute.)

Daytime workshops

Solar Energy
Instructor: Brass
Will learn how the sun derives its energy, and delve into stellar interiors.
Solar Rotation
Instructor: Dreiser
Will learn about sunspots and determine the rotation rate of the Sun by creating a physical model to understand projection effects.
Solar Constant
Instructor: Duncan
In this lab we'll measure the energy content of sunlight by determining how much it raises the temperature of a cup of water.
Instructor: Kron
Build a telescope and quantify its properties (magnification and field of view); observe the phenomenon of "seeing" and consider ways to mitigate it.
Tower Construction
Instructor: Rottman
An introduction to the physics of structures, with some practical investigations of bridges and towers.
Light Waves
Instructor: Sweitzer
Will do some quantitative work with STAR spectroscopes and also do some radio transmitter hunting.
Only the Sun Shadow Knows
Instructor: Whitt
Using paper, pencil and fax machine, students will record the shadow of a film canister and compare it with other drawings made at the same time and date, but from different locations. They'll also use plastic hemispheres to plot the path of the sun across the sky.

Nighttime Workshops

Sky angles and Sextants
Instructor: Brass, Sweitzer
Learn about sextants and measure angles in the sky to determine the rotation rate of the Earth and revolution rate of the Moon. (Will use Adler's instruments.)
Instructor: Duncan, Harper
In this activity we'll learn about how our eyes respond to light of different brightness. We'll then make comparisons of the brightnesses of different stars, to determine how much energy we receive from them.
Jupiter's Moons
Instructor: Kron, Dreiser
A small model of the Jovian system will be made, moon positions figured and then compared with real thing.
Moon Watchers
Instructor: Whitt
Maps, binoculars (?), and MAS scopes used to study lunar features.
Actual labs from this might be found on our Resources page.