[Workshop] - Teen Astronomy Café - To Go! Gravitational Lensing
13:30 - 15:00
Justine Schaen, Christopher Phillips
Aimed at both in-person and online participants
NSF’s NOIRLab’s Teen Astronomy Café — To Go! program brings the excitement of scientific discovery to students around the world by providing them with an opportunity to explore real astronomical data using the same tools as astronomers. Students explore phenomena such as black holes, exoplanet atmospheres, and gravitational lensing using Python Notebooks. Each topic includes educator resources and strategies for implementing the activities in the classroom. No coding background is required and the materials are scaffolded to engage all learners. This workshop will introduce the history and design of the free program, include strategies for incorporating the resources into any educational setting, and provide a hands-on experience as we explore the effects of gravitational lensing using a Python Notebook, hosted by Google Colab. We will manipulate a variety of galaxy parameters to learn how different properties affect the shape of gravitational lenses.
Co-presenters: Fernanda Urrutia, Christopher Phillips, Emily Peavy (NSF's NOIRLab).