Project ASTRO is looking for amateur and professional astronomers to work with teachers and students in 3rd ­ 9th grade classrooms. This is a great opportunity to share your love of astronomy with a receptive audience and help kids learn about science.

Bay Area Project ASTRO, part of a national program at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, pairs you with a local teacher at a school convenient for you. Together, you and your teacher partner attend a 2-day summer workshop to learn hands-on, inquiry-based astronomy activities and then you “adopt” a class for a year.

We especially need astronomers in or willing to go to:
East Bay areas including San Pablo, Richmond, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Oakland and Fremont
San Francisco
San Mateo County, including South San Francisco, Millbrae and San Mateo

Astronomer and teacher partners will receive “The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0” — a rich curriculum resource on DVD-ROM featuring a host of materials on teaching astronomy that you can use in many settings.

Astronomer applications are now being accepted for the 2012 – 2013 school year. There is no cost, but space is limited. All participants are required to attend a 2-day workshop held July 27 & 28th, 2012, at the San Mateo County Office of Education in Redwood City.



Project ASTRO emphasizes ongoing partnerships that foster a nurturing environment for students to learn. To accomplish this, astronomers make at least four visits to their adopted classroom at mutually convenient times.

Project ASTRO has been operating since 1993 in the Bay Area. Previous participants often report that it is one of the most satisfying volunteer endeavors they have undertaken.

Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students majoring in astronomy are also encouraged to apply.

If you have questions, please contact Brian Kruse, Project ASTRO Coordinator


About Project ASTRO
Project ASTRO, a program of the nonprofit Astronomical Society of the Pacific, began with support from the National Science Foundation and the NASA Office of Space Science. Currently, over 500 active educator-astronomer partnerships bring the excitement of scientific discovery through astronomy to over 20,000 students around the country annually.

Posted by: Soderman/NLSI Staff
Source: Project ASTRO

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