Star Parties and Barn Door Trackers: Outreach Writing in Astronomy

May 16, 2013

Instead of writing a traditional term paper, students in Dr. Eric Hooper’s Astronomy 104: Exploration of the Solar System class participate in educational group projects and plan, write and disseminate astronomy-related outreach products targeted at a non-specialist audience.

Hooper talks about the class in “Star Parties and Barn Door Trackers: Outreach Writing in Astronomy,” a story in the spring 2013 issue of Time to Write, the newsletter of the UW-Madison Letters & Science Program in Writing Across the Curriculum.

This introductory course is geared toward non-science majors. Students learn about astronomy as they strive to communicate about it effectively to others.

Past projects include YouTube videos, an interactive activity at the local children’s museum, children’s books, an outing with Boy Scouts, and a residence hall star party.

We thank the UW-Madison Program in Writing Across the Curriculum for granting us permission to feature the story. Continue reading.

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