Johannes Kepler Live! - Johannes Kepler, in period clothing gives a captivating account of his life (1571-1630), from his early school years to his lofty position as Imperial Mathematician to the Holy Roman Emperor. Kepler also highlights the accomplishments of Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Galileo and Newton with an emphasis on Galileo's astronomy discoveries. Students will learn about the importance of Copernicus' Heliocentric Theory and will also discover four moons around Jupiter in the same manner that Galileo did in 1610. Each discovery is explained within the context of the political and religious turmoil of the period.
The program is designed to stimulate the student's interest in science and to encourage them to consider science and engineering as a fun and fulfilling career. Students will also get to handle 400 year old coins minted during Kepler's life and will see a perfect replica of Galileo's telescope. Each school receives a grade specific book about Galileo for their library.
No advance preparation is necessary and students at any grade level can readily understand the basic ideas and concepts. The program is aligned with a number of the National Science Astronomy Standards but goes well beyond the basics. It should be considered a "Living History" lesson with a focus on astronomy but includes topics such as: Guttenburg and the printing press, Success of the Renaissance, how scientist build on the work of their predecessors and the difficulty and dangers of promoting new scientific ideas and concepts.
Program Title: "The Founders of Modern Astronomy"
Specific Programs for: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-8, high school and general public
Program Times: Ideally 65 minutes but 45 - 90 minute programs are possible with the norm being 55 minutes.
Honorarium: $50 - $200 (Can be reduced or waived)