831 me portland smallNASS is pleased to announce the upcoming third instance of Elements of Dialing, our introductory course about sundials, their history, and the science that makes them work. The free 13-lesson course, intended for those are new to sundialing, runs from January 2024. The course coordinator will be Steve Lelievre, our Secretary and editor of The Compendium. Steve will be assisted from time to time by other NASS officers.

The course is self-study, meaning written lessons are emailed out for course participants to work through in their own time. To help things along, we schedule 'office hours,' conducted over Zoom. These optional sessions allow participants to discuss the lessons together and ask questions about the material. At the end of each lesson script there are a few questions which participants are expected to solve. One of these is a test question; the solution to it must be submitted to the course coordinator in order to receive the next lesson.

The course is scheduled to start on January 6, 2024 and will normally operate on a 2-week cycle, although occasionally there will be three weeks between release of lessons.

To register, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than December 16, 2023. Familiarity with basic geometry, algebra, and trigonometry at High School level is assumed. Membership in NASS is not required to join the course.

NASS acknowledges the efforts of Frans Maes, who developed the original Dutch course which inspired our version.