CARA Outreach - Yerkes Winter Institutes


The Yerkes Winter Insititutes (YSI) are annual events organized by CARA for the Space Explorers Program. The high school students (the Space Explorers) come up from Chicago to Yerkes Observatory (in Williams Bay, Wisconsin) for two days in December. The students sleep and eat near the Observatory at George Williams College, but they spend their days (and a good part of their nights) learning astronomy at the Observatory.

The Yerkes Winter Institutes (YWIs) are similar to the Yerkes Summer Insitutes (YSIs), only the winter versions are only 2 days (instead of 7), and they are always held between Christmas and New Years. The YWIs are often used to continue classes or themes explored during the fall quarter classes in Chicago.

As in the YSIs, students are broken up into small groups and cycle through a set of labs during the day and evening.

Specific Examples

These documents were created from what was handed out to the instructors upon arrival at the Institute, so the lab descriptions may not be exactly what was actually done. Because of the limited amount of time, student projects and reporting are not emphasized during the YWIs. Thus, the structure of this program has stabilized faster than the YSIs.