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Paper: Next-Level, Robotic Telescope-Based Observing Experiences to Boost STEM Enrollments and Majors on a National Scale
Volume: 533, ASP 2021: Sharing Best Practices – AstronomyTeaching and Public Engagement
Page: 104
Authors: Reichart, D. E.
Abstract: Funded by a $3M Department of Defense (DoD) National Defense Education Program (NDEP) award, we are developing and deploying on a national scale a follow–up curriculum to “Our Place In Space!”, or OPIS!, in which ≈$3,500 survey-level astronomy students are using our global network of “Skynet” robotic telescopes each year. The goal of this new curriculum, called “Astrophotography of the Multi-Wavelength Universe!”, or MWU!, is to boost the number of these students who choose STEM majors. One semester in, our participant program has begun, and participating educators have made good progress on MWU!'s first two modules. Excellent progress has been made on the software front, where we have developed new graphing, analysis, and modeling tools in support of these, and upcoming, modules. On the hardware front, preparation continues to expand Skynet to include a global network of intermediate-sized, radio telescopes, capable of exploring the invisible universe.
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