WCSU to offer teachers professional training based on Hubble

DANBURY, CONN. — An educator who specializes in space exploration will train teachers to bring science and technology based on the Hubble Space Telescope into the classroom.

Richard Varner, an aerospace education specialist with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, will lead the professional development session from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the ballroom of the Westside Campus Center at Western Connecticut State University’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The event is geared toward elementary and middle school teachers. Lunch will be provided and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available. RSVP by Feb. 15 to (203) 837-8486.

Varner is appearing as part of the university’s celebration of the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. The mirror and fine guidance system for the telescope were built at Perkin-Elmer Corp. of Danbury, now Goodrich ISR. WCSU will host a five-day symposium on the Hubble, culminating with a science and technology fair in the university’s Science Building on the Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury, on Saturday, April 24.

Varner will demonstrate how the Hubble uses basic science that can be taught in any classroom and will present lesson plans that comply with Connecticut’s Science Curriculum Standards, particularly regarding the atmosphere, behavior of light, and physics and astronomy.

Varner is certified to teach science up to grade 9 and also holds certifications as a principal. He has been an aerospace education specialist at Goddard since 2005.
For more information, call the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

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