The WWT Ambassadors and faculty and staff at Bucknell University have developed a hybrid lab involving both hands-on and virtual activities that focuses on the concept of parallax. This lab, designed for non-science undergraduates in an introductory astronomy class, combines real-time modeling in a terrestrial environment with detailed visualization using virtual environment software. Students are therefore able to both explore parallax as it is viewed astronomically and develop physical intuition for the concept by measuring it in real time.
WWT Ambassadors works with Prof. Stella offner at UMASS Amherst. Prof. Offner uses WorldWide Telescope in the classroom to introduce the lecture topic at the beginning of class. Each tour is 3-10 minutes long and contains music but no narration.
At the CFA we have training sessions for WWT Ambassadors usually two to three times per year. We also can provide training to remote users via Skype and have traveled to do workshops. Training consists of teaching ambassadors how to use WWT, how to create tours, and how to work in classrooms or science fairs with children.
WWT Ambassadors are amateur and professional astronomers (including graduate students, postdocs, and retirees), undergraduate students with a strong background in astronomy, retired STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) professionals, teachers, and science educators. Potential Ambassadors must demonstrate their expertise in astronomy and an interest and ability to communicate their ideas with others. We are actively recruiting Ambassadors in the Boston area.