Meteorology and Astronomy
The meteorology and astronomy course is intended to be an upper level elective for students with strong scientific interests, specifically in meteorology and astronomy. The course is similar to a graduate level seminar, requiring a high level of enthusiasm and participation from the student. The instructor provides initial instruction on fundamental principles of meteorology and astronomy, while students conduct original and in depth research on specific topics of interest. Students are assessed during the presentation of their findings to the class.
There are few teacher directed course outcomes, or closed ended objectives. The teacher is merely a facilitator of opportunities allowing students to advance their learning. Field trips to the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the Colorado Climate Center at CSU, Ball Aerospace; in addition to evening star parties and presentations from area meteorologists and astronomers are intended to instill scientific curiosity, and a desire to conduct individual scientific investigations.
This course is ideally suited to students who are already considering further advanced science degrees and science careers. The seminar environment provides a preview of the level of student driven inquiry expected at colleges and universities.