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Steve Cooperman

Campbell Hall Episcopal / Griffith Observatory
HS Science Teacher / Planetarium Lecturer
Greater Los Angeles Area
I've been a classroom Science teacher for 33 years: the last 11 at Campbell Hall Episcopal, before that Milken Community HS for 5, before that Westridge School for Girls for 11, and before that Marlborough School for Girls for 6. Now I teach Physics and Chemistry with a strong modeling, calculator programming, Excel/Google Sheets backdrop, encouraging students to see what modifications in their data might do to outcomes, and getting them to understand the statistical basis of their experiments. We pool data from an experiment, creating one large research group across the classes to see consistency of results and to examine departures from ideal behaviors. Pooling data allows students to see what happens if an experiment is done numerous times instead of just once (which is usually all they have time for).

When the need arises, I've taught Astronomy (at CH, Westridge, Marlborough -- and before full-time, at CSUN): Observational, general, and planetary. I've been running the CH Campus Observatory for a couple years, and I'm an avid astrophotographer when it's not too cold. ~8-)

My FB astrophotography albums are "public", and you can grab any of them. (FB: skyeman1, Steve Cooperman; @skyeman1).

People can talk to me about modeling, how I might incorporate more STEM (or STEAM) activities into what I do, or the Universe. I also present planetarium shows at Griffith Observatory and have done so since 1976. Come see a show sometime!