Date: October 8, 2009
Title: Learning About Seasons in a Planetarium
Podcaster: Chuck Dibbs and Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Organization: Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Description: Having taught Astronomy in the planetarium for a decade now I’ve discovered that one topic continues to give students and adults of all ages trouble. That is, what is the cause of earth’s seasonal changes? A lesson that I teach to elementary school children inside the planetarium seems to be effective in dispelling any myths and misconceptions about why the earth has seasons. This show is a portion of that lesson.
Bio: For the last decade I have taught Astronomy inside the Virginia Beach City Public Schools planetarium in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I teach preschoolers through college students and the planetarium delivers a weekly presentation free of charge every Tuesday night for the public. Before coming to this job I taught mathematics at the middle school level also here in Virginia Beach. I’ve been actively involved and deeply interested in astronomy and all things space related since being exposed to the Apollo moon landings as a small child, and am also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador. I’m happily married to my wife of 6 years Cara and we have two small children: Nolan who is 4 and his sister Finley who is 2. They have already learned to identify the moon, some stars, and even some constellations in the sky. Hard to imagine a life much better than this one.
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