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    Hi Folks,

    I am a physics and astronomy instructor from Southern California (Riverside County) and I teach introductory astronomy at both the high school and college level. It is a great job, and I have about 180 astronomy students each year.

    Apart from teaching, I also have my students take scopes and binoculars out to middle and elementary schools for outreach several times each semester; this is not only lots of fun, but a great way for my students to share their knowledge (and realize how much they've learned!).

    My classes are very much observationally oriented, and we focus quite a bit on the practical aspects of star gazing, knowing the constellations, telescope operation, sketching and so forth. My classes also use "one-page easy" lab activity sheets that help people learn the sky, the use of the telescope, basic sketching skills etc. I'm always happy to share these with folks who are interested in them.

    I am a HUGE advocate of improving astronomy education for our kids. Very few schools have any sort of astronomy program - whether as a separate class, or even a unit in a regular science class. It is my firm belief that if this is to change for the better, we who are part of the amateur astronomy community must be at the forefront.

    I look forward to joining (and contributing!) to the community.

    Cheers!

    "Fizxman"
    Dr. Daniel Barth
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    Mt. San Jacinto College
    California

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    Welcome to the forum Fizxman!

    Thanks for all you do in keeping our young interested in the sky above them!
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