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New AST "Science Circle": Teaching Company Video Courses for in-depth introduction to science topics

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Josh G.
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AST has become a great success with the participation and cooperation of lots of people. One thing we've heard and felt is a desire for more in-depth learning opportunities, but still at a level that suits the level of a beginner.

*** Introducing "Science Circles" for More In Depth Learning ***

Last summer we had the "Summer of Sagan" series at my home. This was when we watched the classic Cosmos series from Carl Sagan over a number of weeks. Similar to this, we're introducing a new type of extended event, but with more focused scientific content.

We're calling this type of event a "Science Circle" because its focus is on a small group's committed participation to a shared learning goal. Learn full details here: http://www.atlantasci...­. The ideas posted there are a good start, and I also encourage you to think of your own ideas. If you come up with something of value and service to the larger group, we'd love to hear about it.

*** First Atlanta Science Tavern Science Circle: Teaching Company Video Courses ***

To this end, I've purchased 5 science-based video lecture courses from The Teaching Company. These are available now for viewing. These lectures are targeted for adults who want to get the equivalent of university-level material from the world's top professors.

If anyone else has any, please let me know so we can coordinate. The courses I have are:

Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy, 2nd Edition by Alex Filippenko (98 lectures, 30 minutes each)­

Black Holes Explained by Alex Filippenko (12 lectures, 30 minutes each)­

Understanding the Brain by Jeanette Norden (36 lectures, 30 minutes each)­

Understanding the Human Body: An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology by Anthony Goodman (32 lectures, 45 minutes each)­

Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear by Michael Starbird (24 lectures, 30 minutes each)­

Also:Understsanding the Fundamentals of Music by Robert Greenberg (16 lectures, 45 minutes each)­

*** Starting a Study Group ***

If you are interested to start a study group with me and others on one of these, please let me know. I anticipate we'd watch 3 to 4 episodes per week (1.5 to 2 hours commitment)

I'll bring a sampling from each of these courses to the next meetup on June 26th at Manuel's. If you'd like to see the professors in action, we can pop it into my laptop and get a preview, though also note that you can search YouTube to find Dr. Filippenko, Dr. Norden, Dr. Goodman, and Dr. Greenberg. Note that each course also comes with a small outline book which covers the high-level details of each lecture.

If we get people wanting to do different courses, we can also coordinate that too.

For me, my first vote goes for Understanding the Universe or Understanding the Brain.

After we finish, or in the middle for some of the longer ones, we can arrange our own informal presentations and discussions for others in the group who might like to use the materials next or just want an overview of the subject.

See you next weekend,
take care,
Debbie G.
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Clarkston, GA
Post #: 7
Wow! I'm extremely interested in that idea--and sorry I missed the Cosmos series because Sagan is one of my heroes. Looking forward to hearing the details. . . Debbie Gathmann
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