Astronomers

WWT Parallax Lab

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.

 

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How Can I contribute from Anywhere?

Any Ambassador or WWTA community member can contribute to the program by doing the following:

  • Create tours.
  • Share materials you've created.
  • Get in touch with your local astronomy club.  Tell members about WWT at a meeting.
  • Volunteer at a local school - contact the local PTO, ask whether you can demo WWT in a science class.
  • Tell us what you've done, so others can be inspired to do the same.
  • Use our online resources to learn more about WWT and
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What Training Do You Provide?

We have online tutorials for remote users.

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. 

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Ambassadors

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. 

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