Dr. Daniel Barth

Dr. Daniel E. Barth is Associate Professor of Astronomy at Mt. San Jacinto College in California. He also teaches at Tahquitz High School in Hemet, California where he runs an award winning astronomy and physics program. Dr. Barth has been an active astronomer and telescope owner for over 40 years and is a prominent advocate for astronomy education world-wide; his methods and curricula are used in schools around the globe and the Maurice on the Moon series has reintroduced thousands of students to the joys of science. Dr. Barth is the winner of the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence, and the Science is for Kids Foundation Fellowship; he is also a three-time nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education, and his work in science education has been recognized by UNESCO.

Dr. Barth is proud to count many science educators, university faculty in physics and chemistry, research scientists, doctors, engineers, and many astronomers (amateur and professional), among his former students. His current physics student can be found building catapults, roller coasters, and even rocket cars. Students in his astronomy program study nebulae and galaxies, track and explore the planets, and regularly photograph and explore the Moon.

Dan currently has the following eBooks with us:


Low Tech Tuesday: Origami

"Origami" is the contraction of the Japanese words ori and gami, which mean folding and paper. It's a traditional technique from the XVIIe century used to create fun designs. Why Origami is great Origami is great because there is just one simple rule: you cannot cut and/or glue (it's then called… Read More


Tell Me Something I Don’t Know About Progress Bar

Waiting stinks. There's no other way around it. Sure, there are times when the anticipation of something is fun but nobody would say that while sitting in a 3 hour DMV line. But what's worse than waiting? I would easily argue that it's waiting with no idea when the wait… Read More


Low Tech Tuesday: Learning With Lyrics

We, at Funderstanding, are huge fans of indie rock. We share the same passion for bands like Wilco, Sufjan Stevens or Real Estate. Sure, we love the guitar, bass and drums. We love the atmosphere these bands are dipping us into... but we also love the lyrics. Why You Should… Read More

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