Astronomy Conversations
up to 4 students
The Adler Space Visualization Lab (SVL) is both a forefront visualization lab and a public gallery. This practicum will offer the opportunity to use the tools and expertise of the SVL explore how visuals can be used to make science more compelling. The SVL and the associated Astronomy Conversations program offer opportunities to visualize data, develop content, and most importantly to talk to museum visitors about your own and other current astrophysical research.

KICP Space Explorers
up to 3 students
Each summer, a highly motivated group of inner-city high school students spend a week at a science immersion camp at Yerkes Observatory in southern Wisconsin. Join the team of graduate students, postdocs, faculty and public school teachers who are developing thematically connected hands-on laboratories for the 2014 Yerkes Summer Institute. Daytime labs last for over five hours plus a two-day extension activity, while nighttime labs can utilize the observatory telescopes. This practicum may potentially lead to teaching at Yerkes August 10-13, 2014 (see Space Explorers Program and Yerkes Summer Institute).

WorldWide Telescope (WWT)
up to 3 students
Design tours and shows with Microsoft Research's WorldWide Telescope (WWT) that can be used for lesson plans, museum experiences and to improve research talks. This practicum will focus on how to use WWT as both a teaching tool and a way to enhance the presentation of your own research for public consumption. You will be lead through the best practices and most effective ways to design either tour-based WWT lessons or WWT presentations that can be used in public talks, at museums, on social media, etc. At the end of this internship, your tours and/or tour-based lessons will be placed on WWT Ambassadors page and you'll be given a chance to screen your creations to a live museum audience.

Zooniverse/Citizen Science: Project Design
up to 2 students
Imagine what science you could do if you only had a million volunteers? Do you have a research question that requires a massive data set and an analysis task computers can't do? Join the Zooniverse development team at the Adler Planetarium and work with educators, designers and developers to spec out a citizen science project and learn what it takes to engage a large, online audience with cutting edge research.

Zooniverse/Citizen Science: Activity Design
up to 2 students
Zooniverse citizen science projects are the ideal tool for engaging the public with astronomy. A great deal of work has already been done to simplify, often extremely complex tasks and concepts, so that anyone can participate in research. More and more the Zooniverse team at the Adler Planetarium are discovering that a hands on activity designed to demonstrate the science behind citizen science, is the ideal way to introduce a project. Join the Zooniverse team and work with educators to develop a hands-on activity and test is out with summer visitors to the Adler Planetarium.