Teacher professional development workshops run in conjunction with science meetings offers educators and scientists a unique opportunity to learn from one another. On Sunday March 2, 2014 the Taiwan Teachers Workshop was held as part of the Citizen Science in Astronomy Workshop at the Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Academia Sinica in Taipei. The Citizen Science in Astronomy Workshop brought together astronomers, data scientists, and web developers together to discuss the challenges of working with large datasets and best practices in utilizing the power of citizen science to work with these datasets. Recognizing an opportunity to bring Zooniverse project scientists together with area educators, Meg Schwamb, Stuart Lynn, Lauren Huang and Mei-Yin Chou worked with teachers to introduce concepts of citizen science with special focus on Planet Four and Galaxy Zoo. Earlier this year these two projects were translated into Traditional Chinese as part of Zooniverse’s push to translate various projects into as many languages as possible through the efforts of our extensive volunteer community.
To add to this translation effort, a number of existing Zooniverse educator resources were also translated into Traditional Chinese including Planet Four & Galaxy Zoo lesson plans and Galaxy Zoo teacher and student guides. You can find the workshop presentations and links to the translated educational materials at http://taiwan.zooteach.org/.
Funding for the Taiwan Teachers Workshop was generously provided by Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology.