Wheeler High School‘s Sergio Corvalan is among a select group of 43 science teachers participating in one of four NASA-funded astronomy workshops organized, in part, by a Columbus State University physics professor.
Corvalan, who teaches in Wheeler’s science, math and technology magnet school, attended the June 18-22 GEARS workshop, short for Georgians Experience Astronomy Research, at Kennesaw State University’s Advancing the Teaching of Mathematics and Science (ATOMS) Center.
The purpose of GEARS is to change the way astronomy is taught in Georgia high schools, said Zodiac Webster, the Columbus State professor who played a key role in obtaining the NASA grant.
“We’re trying to inspire teachers to use some astronomical discoveries to teach physics and chemistry concepts,” said Webster, also a workshop facilitator.
GEARS introduces high-tech astronomy tools involving NASA data that teachers can use with high school students. Moving from a textbook-based approach