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.
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.