ASP2020: A Virtual Conference
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The Transition to Virtual Summer Camp with Dark Skies, Bright Kids
Dark Skies, Bright Kids is a primarily graduate student-run outreach program based out of the University of Virginia Astronomy Department. We seek to enhance elementary science education by fostering the natural curiosity of children in the surrounding community and throughout Virginia with fun, hands-on activities in an informal, social setting. Over the past four summers, we have traveled to six rural Virginia locations to bring week-long Astronomy summer camps to otherwise overlooked elementary school districts. The onset of the global pandemic made this impossible for Summer 2020. We adapted our week-long in-person summer camp to a virtual format, with over 35 students participating from around Virginia. Here, we present how we maintained an inquiry-based learning environment through a virtual interface and comment on the success of this model.
Conference Strand: Online K-16 Teaching & Learning