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National Astronomy Education Projects: A Catalog

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This is an evolving list of those projects and programs in astronomy education to which anyone from around the U.S. can apply or from which anyone can receive materials. It does not include the many worthwhile projects that are designed to serve only one city, one state, or one institution (although we recognize that such programs may nevertheless serve as models for the rest of the country). We very much welcome suggestions and additions for future versions of this list. Please contact the first author at the above address or e-mail: fraknoiandrew {at}

Note: Organizations that are involved with a number of projects are just listed with their names; see the key at the end of the list for their addresses and telephone numbers.

Table of Contents:

1.  Workshops and Training for Teachers of Astronomy (K-12)
2.  Workshops and Training for Teachers of Astronomy (College)
3.  Curriculum and Information Materials
4.  Audiovisual Materials
5.  Computer Materials and Projects
6.  Planetarium Education Activities
7.  Programs Involving Amateur Astronomers
8.  Newsletters
9.  Programs for Students (K-12)
10. Programs for Students (College)
11. Awards and Grants
12. Miscellaneous Projects

Appendix: Addresses of Frequently Listed Organizations

by Andrew Fraknoi, Shannon Lalor, and Nicole Taddune
(Astronomical Society of the Pacific)
Version 3.0 (Nov. 1997)

©Copyright 1998,
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
390 Ashton Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94112

1.Workshops and Training for Teachers of Astronomy (K-12)

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT):
Has astronomy education sessions aimed at secondary and community college teachers at meetings. Has a Physics Teacher Resource Agent program to train physics teachers to help other teachers [see appendix]
American Astronomical Society (AAS):
The Education Office of the AAS has many programs and resources available for both astronomy teachers and students. For details, [see appendix]
Association of Astronomy Educators (AAE):
Puts on astronomy education sessions at meetings of the National Science Teachers Association [see appendix]
Arizona State University, Thermal Emission Spectrometer Project (TES):
Workshops for teachers grades K-12 focused on current space missions. Contact: Mars Educations Program, Mars Space Flight Facility, ASU, Moeur Bldg., Room 131, PO Box 876305, Tempe, AZ 85287-6305; Telephone (480) 965-3038; email;
Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP):
Project ASTRO: national project to form and train ongoing partnerships between astronomers (professional & amateur) and local 4th-9th grade school teachers for class visits [see appendix]
Center for Astrophysics (CfA):
Develops curricula and materials that reflect current scientific and educational philosophy. identifies and addresses the needs of science teachers and students in elementary, secondary, and college science, with an emphasis on grades K–12. research results and materials are widely available through print and CD-ROM, on the Internet and television, by teleconferencing, and at workshops and teacher conferences. [see appendix]
Challenger Center:
Has a variety of teacher training programs, some in connection with one of its 29 regional Learning Centers, and some in connection with its EdVenture Lab network of collaborative classrooms [see appendix]
Hands-on-Universe Project:
An educational program that enables students to investigate the Universe while applying tools and concepts from science, math, and technology. Using the Internet, HOU participants around the world request observations from an automated telescope, download images from a large image archive, and analyze them with the aid of user-friendly image processing software. [see listing in section 5]
NASA Education:
NASA's educational efforts are extensive. Visit the NASA Office of Education to learn about the many programs, workships, and resources available to K-12 teachers.
National Optical Astronomy Observatories:
Teacher Leaders in Research-Based Science Education (TLRBSE) Program develops master teachers in research based science education. This is one of the ASP’s Project ASTRO sites as well. (See the ASP entry above.) Other ASP and other programs for teachers include Astronomy from the Ground Up, Spanish Language /Astronomy Materials Education Center, Native American Resources, Astronomy Education Review (online teachers' journal), Classroom Resources. See their Webpage, "Education Programs at NOAO". or contact: Dr. Stephen Pompea, Manager, Education Office, NOAO, P.O. Box 26732, Tucson, AZ 85726, (520-318-8285)
National Science Teachers' Association (NSTA):
NSTA holds large national and regional conventions for science teachers: most of them have astronomy lectures and programs. NSTA supports professional development and has many resources for K-12 teachers [see appendix]
Project ARTIST:
Workshops and curriculum development for teachers of astronomy and planetary sciences grades 2-8 has ended, but lesson plans for 7 activities are available online. Contact: Larry Lebofsky, University of Arizona, Lunar and Planetary Lab., Tucson, AZ 85721 (520-621-6947);

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