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11. Awards or Grants for Astronomy Education

American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics:
Has $200 Classroom Aid Grants for K-12 teachers, and Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowships. Contact: AIAA, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 500, Reston, VA 20191 (1-800-NEW-AIAA);
Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP):
The Klumpke-Roberts Award is given each year for lifetime of contributions to the public understanding of astronomy (offered since 1974). Contact the Society for nomination guidelines; see addresses at end.
Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP):
The Brennan Award is given each year to someone who has made outstanding contributions to the high school teaching of astronomy (offered since 1993). Write for guidelines.
NASA Astrophysics Division (through the Space Telescope Science Institute):
IDEA Grants Program funds small and medium size projects in astronomy education by astronomers. Contact: IDEA Grants Program, Education Division, STScI, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218 [e-mail:];
National Science Foundation:
Offers grants for projects in science education through various education and training programs. Write for brochures about current programs and grant guidelines to: NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230 (703-306-1600);
NSF Informal Science Education Supplements to Research Awards:
up to $50,000 is available to research grant recipients who want to do broad dissemination of their results in an out of school setting. Contact the Informal Science Education Division [see appendix]
Tufts University:
Wright Fellowship Program for secondary school science teachers to develop and disseminate curriculum materials while in residence at Tufts. The yearlong fellowship offers a $35,000 salary, plus benefits and a relocation stipend of $2,000. Their Teacher Scholarship Program is a one-week interdisciplinary fellow for middle and highschool teachers and a teacher of another subject to develop a unit or lesson which reflect both subject areas. Scholarship includes $750.00, substitute pay, plus use of all Tufts facilities (room and board not included). Contact: Educational Coordinator, Wright Center for Science Education, Tufts University, 4 Colby Street, Medford, MA 02155 (617-628-5000)

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12. Miscellaneous Projects

Boston Museum of Science:
Touch the Stars is a tactile astronomy book in Braille for the visually impaired. Contact Noreen Grice, Museum of Science, Science Park, Boston, MA 02114 (617-589-0439)
Coalition for Earth Science Education:
An umbrella group of organizations interested in encouraging the teaching of earth science, which includes astronomy. Contact: Frank Ireton, AGU, 2000 Florida Ave., NW Washington, DC 20009 (202-462-6900);
Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP):
Group of scientists, educators, magicians, & skeptics that informs teachers and the public about the scientific perspective on such pseudosciences as astrology, psychic power, or the face on Mars. They publish the excellent Skeptical Inquirer magazine. Contact at: Box 703, Buffalo, NY 14226 (716-636-1425);
Earth and Sky Radio Series:
a 90 second daily radio series on astronomy and earth science. Highlights tape available. A newsletter for this project, called Earth in the Classroom, is distributed with The Universe in the Classroom (see Section 8). Contact: P.O. Box 2203, Austin, TX 78768 (512-480-8773);
International Dark-Sky Association:
Non-profit organization devoted to educating the public about the danger and waste of light pollution. Good information packets available. Contact: IDA, 3545 N. Stewart, Tucson, AZ 85716;
Mt. Wilson Observatory:
Telescopes in Education Project allows classes to do remote observing with a 24-inch telescope using a computer and modem in their school. While the remote observing costs money for amateurs or colleges, NASA is funding the program free for schools. Contact: TIE, Box 24, Mt. Wilson, CA 91023 (818-793-3100);
National Undergraduate Research Observatory:
A 31-inch telescope near Flagstaff, AZ and a consortium of colleges to operate it. Contact: Kathy Eastwood, Physics & Astronomy, N. Arizona Univ., P.O. Box 6010, Flagstaff, AZ 86011 (602-523-2661);
Space Science Institute:
Provides traveling exhibitions for science museums related to current NASA missions and space science. Currently offers Electric Space and is developing a Mars Quest exhibition. [see appendix]
Jack Horkheimer: Star Gazer (formerly Star Hustler)
A five minute, weekly TV series on naked-eye viewing produced in cooperation with Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit. Teachers can obtain episodes through NASA CORE [see section #4 for NASA CORE contact information]. Contact: J.E. Harper, Miami Space Transit Planetarium, 3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129 (305-854-4244);
University of Arizona Astronomy Camps:
Summer programs for youngsters, adults, and teachers. Contact Don McCarthy, Steward Obs., U. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721 (520-621-4079);
University of Texas McDonald Observatory:
StarDate, a 2-minute daily radio program, broadcast on many stations, available on CD's or tape. A new Spanish-language version called Universo debuted in April 1995. Contact at RLM 15.308, U. of Texas, Austin, TX 78712 (512-471-5285);
Wright Center for Science Education:
Offers a wide spectrum of resources including summer workshops, seminars and symposia targeting women and underrepresented minorities, and a variety of science education resources. Contact: Wright Center for Science Education, Science and Technology Center, 4 Colby Street, Tufts University, Madford, MA 02155 (617-628-5000 x5394);

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Addresses of Organizations Listed Several Times Above:

American Association of Physics Teachers, One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740-3845 (301-209-3311)

American Astronomical Society Education Office, c/o Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605 (312-294-0340)

Association of Astronomy Educators, c/o Vivian Hoette, Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605 (312-322-0549)

Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 390 Ashton Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112 (415-337-1100); AstroShop (online store for educational products)

Center for Astrophysics, Science Education Dept, MS 71, 60 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138 (617-495-9798)

Challenger Center, 1250 North Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, (888-683-9740)

National Science Teachers' Association, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201 (703-243-7100)

Space Science Institute, 1234 Innovation Drive, Suite 294, Boulder, CO 80303 (303-492-3627)

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