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Of the 88 official constellations in the night sky, 9 of some of the more familiar ones are represented here. Students connect the dots (stars) to form the stick figure patterns of the stars making up each constellation. By Kevin Manning
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101 Fun Facts on Astronomy is an ebook I wrote to foster an appreciation for the grandeur of the universe. It cites facts about the smallest, largest, brightest, hottest, and coolest objects and phenomena found throughout the entire universe. The
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The Complete Guide to Building Your Own 8-inch Telescope gives step-by-step instructions using hundreds of illustrations on how you and your students can build a powerful telescope using simple tools available in every wood shop. Everything you need
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Dippin' Dot Neutrinos is a lesson plan for high school and college science students interested in exploring ghostlike particles called solar neutrinos coming from a star such as the sun. It addresses the law of conservation of mass and energy and
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This is a story about a young boy taking a journey searching for the perfect pumpkin. He soon realizes that this is a great challenge as finding perfection with anything in life is nearly impossible. He delights in his conquest of finding what he
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This is a daily observation log to help students keep record of their astronomical observations. Included are two templates and instructions for completing the daily observation log explaining the jargon and a description of objects and phenomena.
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Using NASA's MicroObservatory online, students will learn how to access robotic telescopes, take photographs of planets, galaxies, and nebulae and use image processing tools to bring out detail in these photos the same way that professional
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Kevin is a gifted astronomer, having worked as a consultant with NASA, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory launched on the space shuttle with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and other ground-based observatories. Kevin won national and international awards in his field, was both a Wright Fellow at Tufts University and an Einstein Fellow working with NASA Headquarters, the US House of Representatives, and the US Dept. of Energy Office of Science on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and did some work with Brookhaven National Laboratory. Besides the numerous workshops he's presented over the years at libraries, observatories, and science centers, some noteworthy ones include those made at Tufts University, State University of New York at Stony Brook, the National Science Teachers Association's National Convention, American Association for the Advancement of Science Breakfast with Scientists, and the National Parks Service. Kevin also worked with the Telescopes in Education (TIE) project with Mount Wilson Observatory, and helped build the RMCC Observatory.


I like using a holistic approach to experiental learning, motivating and enabling students to connect using KWL and ReadWriteThink Webbing as interactive tools helping to create, develop and implement cross-curricular thematic units. Whenever possible, I like to employ alternative assessment strategies such as checklists, rubrics and portfolios. I begin each unit using a discrepant event to arouse curiosity and open the door toward learning new concepts. Innovation and creativity toward understanding leads to interdisciplinary connections to real-world scientific awareness using cutting edge technology and novel teaching techniques to maximize critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Based on a conference I gave at Tufts University where secondary science educators gathered from across the U.S. and six other nations, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Science Education is a workshop for middle and high school science teachers who desire to structure a learning environment that is truly innovative and effective, naturally fostering the achievement of benchmarks and standards dealing with scientific inquiry and habits of mind.


Wright Fellow at Tufts University Einstein Fellow on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC Consultant for NASA Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers Summer Academies for Mathematics & Science University President's Honor Roll Consultant for Ferryway Math, Science and Technology Magnet School President of Astronomy Club of Tulsa, Inc. Apple Partners in Education III Grant awarded for Galileo Astronomical Project Three Education Fund Grants: “Galileo Meets Hale-Bopp,” “Floating on a Cushion of Air: an Air-Bearing Contest,” and “Venus Unveiled: Magellan’s Images Brought Down to Earth as a Classroom Sphere” Presented for the Mid-States Regional Convention of the Astronomical League


Certificate in Human Services - St. Petersburg Junior College, FL B.S. in Science Education - Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK Certificate in Applied Physics - University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK Hands-On Universe - Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, Chicago, IL Certificate in AP Physics - University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK Hands-On Astrophysics - Governor Dummer Academy, Byfield, MA TOP Astronomy Seminar for Teachers - East Central University, Ada, OK Wright Fellow - Tufts University, Medford, MA


Founder, Look Up to the Stars Frank G. Brooks Award for Excellence in Science Research TOP Astronomy Seminar for Teachers Hands-On Astrophysics Hands-On Universe Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, Chicago, IL HSN American Dreams Academy Auxiliary Police Academy – Salutatorian Award

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