May 14, 2005 -- On Saturday, May 21st, the Big Bear Valley Astronomical Society (BBVS) and StarGazers Inn & Observatory will sponsor Oh My Stars! (OMS!) Workshop for Educators. OMS! is an emersion in basic astronomy using indoor and outdoor hands-on activities designed to engage educators and their students.
Go on a “star search” and discover the birthplace of stars. Follow a variety of stars through their evolutionary process. Manipulate the fabric of time and space and take an imaginary journey into a black hole! Visit neighboring stars with planets and bring back a postcard.
The OMS! Educator’s Workshop is 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm. After a dinner break, focus will turn to the night sky with the assistance of BBVAS star guides. Using of a variety of binoculars, telescopes and the StarGazers Inn’s Observatory, workshop attendees will have the opportunity to view near and deep space objects, find stars with planetary systems, and view stars in a variety of evolutionary stages from star clouds to Super Nova remnants.
Patsy Kaye, BBVAS’ Night Sky Coordinator and naturalist for the Orange County Dept of Education
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, will facilitate the workshop. BBVAS is a member of NASA/JPL’s Night Sky Network (NSN). Workshop resource materials are based on NSN program materials. The non-profit Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), one of the nation's leading organizations devoted to astronomy and space science education, develops and manages the Night Sky Network’s program resource materials in cooperation with JPL Learn
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OMS! is a must for anyone in love with the night sky and will whet your appetite for more. Workshop is designed for educators for grades 5-12. Participants will receive a beautiful Certificate of Completion. Workshop may qualify for Continuing Education Units (C.E.U.).
Astronomy is accessible to everyone through this basic yet comprehensive experience. Cost is $75. Seating is limited. Discount lodging packages are also available. Call toll free 866-482-STAR (7827) for information and to reserve a spot. Additional workshop dates may also be available.