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Paper: The Transition to Virtual Summer Camp with Dark Skies, Bright Kids
Volume: 531, ASP2020: Embracing the Future: Astronomy Teaching and Public Engagement
Page: 89
Authors: Finn, M. K.; Team Dark Skies, Bright Kids
Abstract: Dark Skies, Bright Kids is a primarily graduate student-run program based out of the University of Virginia Astronomy Department that seeks to enhance elementary science education in the surrounding community and throughout Virginia. Our goal is to foster the natural curiosity of children through fun, hands-on activities in an informal setting. Over the past four summers, we have traveled to six rural Virginia locations to bring week-long Astronomy summer camps to otherwise overlooked elementary school districts. The onset of the global pandemic made this impossible for Summer 2020. We adapted our week-long in-person summer camp to a virtual format, with 42 campers participating from around Virginia. Here, we present how we maintained an inquiry-based learning environment through a virtual interface and comment on the success of this model.
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