Elizabeth Ramseyer receiving the 2013 Yerkes Observatory Astronomy Educator of the Year award from observatory director, Dr. Al Harper.
Kate Meredith did re-writes of the hands-on Voyages teaching labs, and Ramseyer used Voyages in the astronomy classes at Niles West High School, and at a camp in the summer at the University of Chicago. (The summer sessions were in a class called “The Physics of Stars,” as part of the Graham School program,which provides college credit classes to high school students.) Ramseyer beta-tested the Voyages teaching labs–which use data from the Slone Digital Sky Survey(SDSS)–with her students. “I’ve used the Spectra and the Color labs,” Ramseyer said. “I really liked the re-write on the Color [lab]. It’s much more accessible than the previous version, and I like that it’s open-ended. It’s short and to-the-point—it’s got many layers. Students can follow it very easily and get the gist of what’s going on. I also like that there’s the ability for students to figure it out on their own because she [Kate] included videos. I really liked how it was open-ended, so students could actually work on are search project or add to what was considered in that unit.”