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National Astronomy Education Projects: A Catalog


2. Workshops and Trainings for Teachers (College)

American Association of Physics Teachers:
Has an NSF-funded project called TYC21, which brings together regional groups of community college physics and astronomy instructors [see appendix, or consult the web site:
American Astronomical Society, Education Office:
sponsors workshops and sessions for college teachers at its semi-annual meetings. [see appendix]
Astronomical Society of the Pacific:
Sponsors Cosmos in the Classroom symposia on college astronomy teaching every 2-3 years. [see appendix]
NASA Space Grant Consortia:
The consortia in many states have outreach programs to help K-12 teachers. Look for the program for your state at their web site
National Radio Astronomy Observatory:
Offers a 3 day workshop for undergraduate college professors focusing on Radio Astronomy. Contact: Sue Ann Heatherly, NRAO, P.O. Box 2, Green Bank, WV 24944 (304-456-2209)

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3. Curriculum and Information Materials

Remember this is only a listing of projects, not of all publications.

Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP):
Project ASTRO's The Universe at Your Fingertips: An Astronomy Activity and Resource Notebook, 800+ pages of activities and resources for teachers at all levels, especially grades 4-12. A sampling is available at the web site Available through the ASP's online store, the AstroShop. [see appendix]
Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP):
Provides frequently updated resource guides for educators at all levels, in both print and Web formats. Topics include "Debunking Pseudoscience," "Women in Astronomy," "The Moon," "Science Fiction with Good Astronomy". [see appendix]
Center for Astrophysics (CfA):
Project ARIES is a discovery-based, physical science program built around big themes from astronomy for grades 3-6. Three modules (Time; Light and Color; Astronomy I) are available for purchase from Cobblestone Publishing, Inc., 7 School Street, Peterborough, NH 03458 (800-821-0115) . Five more modules will be available beginning in February, 1998. For more information contact: Bruce Ward (617-495-9798);
Center for Astrophysics (CfA):
Project STAR & Project SPICA were NSF-supported programs that developed activity-based curriculum & workbooks for teaching astronomy in secondary schools. Materials can be purchased from Kendall Hunt Publishers, P.O. Box 1840, Dubuque, IA 52004 (1-800-228-0810). (The projects also left a legacy of some 200 trained "astronomy resource agent" teachers around the U.S.)
Challenger Center:
has developed and is developing a wide range of class activities and mini-cuuricula, such as Cosmic EdVentures, Marsville, and Mars City Alpha. [see appendix]
Jet Propulsion Lab:
For those who do not live near a NASA center (see below), it is often possible to get NASA lithographs and booklets by writing to: Teaching Resource Center, CS-530, JPL, 4800 Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena, CA 91109. Write on school stationery and indicate what mission or missions you are interested in.
Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS):
Great Explorations in Math & Science (GEMS), Planetarium Activities for Student Success (PASS) are two series of superb hands-on activity guides for teaching astronomy in grades 3-9. Available from the Eureka store, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-5200 (510-642-1016);
A colorful series of booklets, posters, prints & other materials on space astronomy is available through NASA teacher resource centers around the country. Contact a local NASA center or: Education Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546 for current list of centers. The list of available materials changes constantly. (See also NASA CORE in section 4 and Jet Propulsion Lab above.)
National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO):
The new Educational Outreach Office has begun to design a variety of materials and activities for teachers and students, such as "Frequently Asked Questions about Being an Astronomer." See their web site at or write to them at P.O. Box 26732, Tucson, AZ 85726; (520-318-8230) e-mail:
National Radio Astronomy Observatory:
To get some high school-level radio astronomy activities developed by teachers, write: Sue Ann Heatherly, NRAO, P.O. Box 2, Green Bank, WV 24944 (304-456-2209)
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA):
Develops and distributes a range of books and activity collections for teaching astronomy in grades K-12. Ask for their catalog. [see appendix]
New Mexico State University:
Dr. Bernard McNamara is devising a series of astronomy exercises and activities that develop model building and critical thinking. Contact him at: Dept. of Astronomy, Box 30001, Dept. 4500, New Mexico State U., Las Cruces, NM 88003
Pacific Science Center:
AstroAdventures Curriculum, a series of astronomy activities for grades 3-12, assembled by respected astronomy educator Dennis Schatz, and supported by a NASA Space Grant. Contact: The Explore More Store, PSC, 200 Second Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98109 (206-443-2870)
SETI Institute:
Life in the Universe Curriculum Project is developing supplementary science curricula and accompanying materials focusing on SETI themes for elementary and middle school students. Contact : SETI, 2035 Landings Dr., Mountain View, CA 94043 (650-961-6633);
Space Science Institute:
Provides curriculum materials related to NASA missions or traveling science exhibitions. Materials are available to download on SSI's home page [see appendix].
Stanford Solar Center:
A series of web-based curriculum activities (including images of the Sun from many cultures) at
University of Texas McDonald Observatory:
Has posters, activities, CDs of the Star Date radio program, and planetary fact sheets. Contact at RLM 15.308, U. of Texas, Austin, TX 78712 (512-471-5285);
Young Astronauts Program:
Produces simple activities and materials on space science for youngsters; has many local chapters. Contact at 1308 19th St., NW, Washington, DC 20036 (202-682-1984);

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