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Calling all Educators

History of Science Collections Curator, Dr. Kerry Magruder, discusses some books on display.

History of Science Collections Curator, Dr. Kerry Magruder, discusses some of the books on display.

A new year provides an excellent opportunity to pause and reflect. The vision of the OU Academy of the Lynx is multifaceted. We create Open Educational Resources. We give educational tours related to our current exhibits. We also curate other educational resources around the internet that currently exist and are related to our exhibits (we don’t want to recreate the wheel!). All of this is supports the educational outreach of the exhibits in the History of Science Collections.

This past Fall with the launch of Galileo’s World we have progressed in each of these areas. In case you haven’t seen our OERs page at the top you are going to want to be sure and check it out. There is much that has been created. And in case you haven’t scheduled a guided tour for your students, you should consider doing this as well. We will work with you to tailor your tour to your own teaching needs. 

Font page of a Learning Leaflet.

Front page of a Learning Leaflet.

But in doing all this there is another vital component: Collaboration. We want to collaborate with educators. We have access to rare books and can explain their content. But it’s the educators who are the true experts on what is useful. They know what will work in their classrooms, what their students will enjoy, and what will inspire and transform imaginations. And chances are, what is useful for one educator will also be useful for another.

There are many stories that could be told from the history of science. But not all of them are equally helpful. Educators can give us a great insight into which ones are beneficial.

Are you an educator willing to work with us to increase the usefulness of our exhibits in a variety of educational contexts? We would love feedback on any of these questions:

  • Do you currently use the history of science in your teaching? If so, how?
  • Does our current exhibit cover topics that are useful to you in your teaching? How so?
  • Are there specific areas that you wish we would develop? What are they?
  • What can we do to increase the impact of our exhibit and all its physical and digital components?

Some of you have already expressed interest in working with us. Thank you! But, we also want to invite all interested educators into collaboration with us. What would be useful for you?

Have comments or suggestions? Want to join in the development? Email us at oulynx@ou.edu or reach me directly at purkaple@ou.edu.

The OU Academy of the Lynx exists to collaborate with educators in exhibit-based learning.

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Urania’s Mirror constellation cards

Orion the Hunter, from Urania's Mirror (London, 1825), OUConstellation figures make the star patterns of the constellations memorable and easier to learn. Each card illustrates one or a few constellations. Each set includes a “Things to do” card listing many activities for all ages using the cards. For example, print the cards on cardstock, and punch holes in the positions of the brightest stars; then hold any card up to a light and compare the star pattern with the constellation figure.

Card sets will appear below for several of the major historical star atlases. Look for them to appear over the spring semester 2016. We begin with the original Urania’s Mirror, a boxed set of 32 constellation cards published in London in 1825.

  1. Urania's Mirror (London, 1825), OUUrania’s Mirror, Original edition:
    Urania’s Mirror (London, 1825).
    Displayed at the National Weather Center

  2. Urania’s Mirror, Ptolemy edition:
    Ptolemy, Opera (Basel, 1541).
    Displayed at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. (coming soon)
    • Full page version
    • Half-page version (2 cards per page)

  3. Urania’s Mirror, Bayer edition:
    Johann Bayer, Uranometria (Ulm, 1661; orig. publ. 1603).
    Displayed at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. (coming soon)
    • Full page version
    • Half-page version (2 cards per page)

  4. Urania’s Mirror, Hevelius edition:
    Johann Hevelius, Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia (Gdansk, 1690).
    Displayed at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. (coming soon)
    • Full page version
    • Half-page version (2 cards per page)

  5. Urania’s Mirror, Flamsteed edition:
    John Flamsteed, Atlas coelestis (London, 1729).
    Displayed at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. (coming soon)
    • Full page version
    • Half-page version (2 cards per page)

  6. Urania’s Mirror, Bode edition:
    Johann Bode, Uranographia (Berlin, 1801).
    Displayed at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. (coming soon)
    • Full page version
    • Half-page version (2 cards per page)

  7. Urania’s Mirror, Mix and Match edition:
    Constellation cards from a variety of star atlases.
    Displayed at various locations during Galileo’s World. (coming soon)

Each of these constellation card sets are made available cc-by-nc-sa courtesy of the OU Academy of the Lynx, History of Science Collections, University of Oklahoma Libraries, as part of the Galileo’s World exhibition. For additional Open Educational Resources, see the OER page.

Parental and educator advisory note: The facial expressions on some figures relate them to stories in traditional mythology which may not seem pleasant for the youngest children. Constellation figures from these historical sources likely include artistic nudity.

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