In 2018, this workshop has received funding from the National Science Foundation to support teachers. Scholarships will be available for full support of attendance, including travel, lodging, and meals for teachers whose districts do not support those costs. The only exception is the $100 registration fee, which we are unable to waive.
Teachers who teach in districts that serve students from traditionally underrepresented and underserved populations will be given first priority for all scholarship funds. Pennsylvania teachers who come from districts that are part of CIU#10 are particularly encouraged to apply.
- You can compare the final agenda from the 2017 workshop, which will be updated for 2018.
- Outline of workshop content:
- Computer hardware for scientific computing
- Data analysis and visualization
- Latest developments in scientific computation
- Applications in Solar System motions
- Applications in nature and cosmology
This workshop is meant as an introduction to computational astronomy. While the workshop content will focus on how researchers perform computational analyses of challenging problems, no prior experience with programming is necessary. For those with programming experience, extension opportunities to go beyond the workshop content will be shared that can be explored using C, C++, Python, Matlab, or Mathematica, for example.
Here are links to the resources presented during 2017 workshop:
- Carnegie Mellon mirror download page for R software
- On-line, browser-based implementation of R — can be used on chrome books, but is limited.
- Information about using R through Amazon Web Services, which is one recommendation for Chromebooks
- Instructions on doing Mandelbrot calculations in R
- Download page for Python
- Zach & Matthias recommend installing the graphical version of Anaconda for Python 2.7
- Teacher discount page (new, free account required) for Universe Sandbox
- Phet.colorado.edu physics simulations
- Rebound N-body code
- Free, on-line textbook on Celestial Mechanics — Includes definitions of angles in an orbit / ephemeris in Chapter 10.
- SDSS Voyages