US student astronomy research and remote observing projects
We have used astronomy projects to give students authentic research experience in order to encourage their pursuit of science and technology careers. Initially, we conducted
teacher workshops to develop a cadre of teachers who have been instromental in recruiting students to work on projects. Once identified, these students have been motiva!cd to conduct astronomy research projects with appropriate guidance. Some have worlced on these projects
during non-school hours and others through a research course. The goal has been for students to meet the objectives ofinquiiy-based learning, a major US National Science Standard. Case studies are described using event-based learning with the NASA Deep Impact Mission.
Hawaii students became active participants investigating comet properties through the NASA Deep Impact Mission. Our students used materials developed by the Deep Impact
Education and Public Outreach group. After learning how to use image-processing software, these students obtained Comet 9P/Trempel l images in real time from the remote observing Faulkes Telescope North located on Haleakala, Maui, for their projects. Besides conducting time-critical event-based projects, Oregon students have worked on galaxies and Sunpots projects. For variable star research, they used images obtained from the remote observing
offline mode of Lowell Telescope, located in Flagstaff, Arizona. Essential to these projects has been consistent follow-up required for honing skills in observing, image-processing, analysis, and communication of project results through Science Fair entries. Key to our success has
been the network of professional and amateur astronomers and educators collaborating in many ways to mentor our students.