from the Ground Up (AFGU) provides informal science educators and interpreters with new and innovative ways to communicate astronomy. AFGU is a growing community of hundreds of educators from museums, science centers, nature centers, and parks around the U.S., who are actively enhancing and expanding their capacity to address astronomy topics for their visitors.
ASTRO™ Find out more about this highly successful
national program that partners astronomers and teachers in the classroom
Francisco Bay Area ASTRO is a Project ASTRO National
Network Site that is run by the ASP
ASTRO Discover a new program at the ASP that is developing
events and activities to share the excitement of hands-on astronomy
the Universe (STU) will help amateur astronomers find
ways to improve the quality and effectiveness of their education
and public outreach (EPO) activities by looking at what successful
clubs are doing and what "best practices" might be transferable
to other clubs or amateurs that may be struggling with EPO. New
EPO support resources and networking options will also be tested
and made available to astronomy clubs nationwide.
SOFIA Explore the invisible
universe of infra-red astronomy in a 747 at high altitudes
Survey of College Astronomy Teachers Add your voice
to a growing network of educators who teach introductory astronomy
at community colleges and other institutions without extensive research
in the Classroom Symposia Learn to teach introductory
astronomy for nonscience majors more effectively
Sky Network Outreach ToolKits and Training Available
from the ASP and NASA. Amateur Astronomy Clubs interested in enhancing
or expanding their public outreach and education activities are
invited to apply for membership in the "Night Sky Network,"
a new program specifically designed for amateur astronomers.
Universe in the Classroom is a quarterly electronic
newsletter for teachers who want to help their students learn more
about science, astronomy and the universe.
Valley Astronomy Lectures Downloadable non-technical lectures
by noted astronomers covering recent developments in our understanding
of the universe.
Grants The ASP SEED Grant program supports the ASP's mission
to improve the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of astronomy
by encouraging active researchers to engage in public outreach,
K-14 formal education, or informal education programs or activities.
Year of Astronomy (2009) Discovery Guides
The ASP and NASA have collaborated to create monthly guides highlighting
a different theme and object in the sky for each month of 2009.
The IYA Discovery Guides contain an article, finder chart for the
featured object, a hands on activity that brings the theme of the
month as well as links to additional activities related to the topic.
Most activities include a short video that can be downloaded showing
it in use.
Astronomy Behind the Headlines
is a podcast for informal science educators. Each episode gives
you a look behind the latest headlines in astronomy and space science
and provides links to related resources and activities so you can
interpret these exciting topics for your audiences.
Galileo Teacher Training Program is a pilot program established during the International Year of Astronomy, testing a new model of teacher professional development designed to facilitate the teaching of the process of science using Galileo's iconic observations and other resources. Workshops have been conducted and are planned for the Bay Area as well as at venues around the country, using a web site (www.gttpusa.org) to help develop graduates of the program as a community of practice.
The NASA Galileo Educator Network (GEN) is a NASA funded teacher professional development program managed by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. The GEN program creates professional development nationwide with the primary goals to help teacher educators and teacher professional development providers engage and educate teachers of astronomy (and general science) and to promote the effective use of NASA-developed and NASA-supported resources by teacher educators and teacher professional development providers, through integration of astronomy/space science content with Galileo-inspired science inquiry and exploration.
Sky Rangers, a part of the Astronomy from the Ground Up (AFGU) program, provides astronomy training and materials to park rangers and other outdoor educators and interpreters.