The Thrills and Challenges of Teaching High School Astronomy
Join us Wednesday, October 17 at 7pm for a presentation by Robert Black, Astronomy teacher from North Medford High School. Robert will outline and explore the inner workings of a current High School Astronomy Teacher and all that it entails on a daily and yearly basis. The successes of his career will be highlighted as well as the challenges for the future teachers.
Robert will discuss past trends and policies in education as well as current legislation and administrative rules. In addition, Robert will talk about and demonstrate the technology needed to teach astronomy at the highest level. The discussion will move toward, “ How can you help and make a difference in education”? The presentation is designed to instill a sense of hope for the future with a dose of the reality facing current classroom teachers.
Robert Black is a 25 year veteran of public school teaching with 17 years at North Medford High School where he is currently Planetarium Director, Observatory Director, and Astronomy Teacher. He has taught 6th-12th grade as well as numerous workshops, outdoor education, and community outreach. He is a member of the Planetary Society, The Southern Oregon Astrophotography Group ( SOAP), and The Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association.
Robert Black has a BS Geology from Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Tx. And a Masters in Science Education from Southern Oregon University.