Event Detail

Lick Observatory Teacher Institute (LOTI)
Start Date/Time:
Monday, June 25, 2018 3:00 PM
End Date/Time:
Friday, June 29, 2018 3:30 PM
Recurring Event:
One time event
Normal Priority

Lick Observatory Teacher Institute (LOTI)

Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory offers a unique setting for teacher professional development: the Observatory and Visitor Center on Mount Hamilton, just 20 miles east of San Jose, California. Tours of the telescopes, discussions with the research astrophysicists in residence, and nighttime observations are an integral part of the LOTI experience. Not only will you do inquiry-based activities aligned with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, you will practice your new astronomy skills under the Observatory’s dark skies, weather permitting, and partner with trained and nationally recognized astronomy educators.


  • inquiry-based activities that are Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards-aligned
  • immersion: 3 days & 2 nights at the Observatory
  • meet astronomers and discuss current astronomical
  • meet and network with colleagues
  • practice basic astronomy skills

Recommended for middle school, high school, and lower division undergraduate school instructors

Workshop Description

Come learn ideas for teaching science and engineering practices, cross-cutting concepts and key Common Core standards within the context of astronomy. Investigate ways of using astronomical data in your classroom using well-vetted, inquiry and standards-based classroom activities. The 3-day/2-Night workshop will feature tours and demonstrations of research facilities at Lick Observatory, as well as nighttime observing with research telescopes. UC astronomers will participate in the workshop, providing insights for the connections between educational standards and their research. Fees cover lodging, meals, registration, and instructional materials. Teachers are responsible for their own transportation.

Directions to the Observatory

The Lick Observatory is located on the beautiful Mount Hamilton east of San Jose, California.

Click here for directions to the facility.

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