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ASP Annual Meeting

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) presents a Special STEM Outreach Conference:

Engage Every Child in the 2017 Solar Eclipse:
Working Together with Diverse and Underserved Communities Across America

128th Annual Meeting of the ASP

December 8-9, 2016
St. Louis, Missouri
Moonrise Hotel

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Partial solar eclipse viewed on Sunspotter

Partial solar eclipse safely viewed with a Sunspotter solar telescope.

 

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) is pleased to announce its 128th Annual Meeting will be a special STEM outreach conference focused on preparations for the 2017 solar eclipse that will be visible across North America.

Please save the dates December 8-9, 2016, and join us at the Moonrise Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri for this conference titled “Engage Every Child in the 2017 Solar Eclipse: Working Together with Diverse and Underserved Communities Across America.”

The vast majority of the population in North America will experience a spectacular partial solar eclipse in their hometowns and could participate in eclipse events at venues such as schools, local parks, libraries, and other sites in their neighborhoods. This conference will concentrate on the task of ensuring broad participation in the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse, especially among diverse and underserved communities off the eclipse’s path of totality.

The goals of the conference are to (a) convene a mix of outreach-minded scientists, educators, and eclipse enthusiasts together with STEM community leaders interested in fostering diverse engagement in the 2017 eclipse, and (b) offer a program featuring helpful strategies, information, resources, networking opportunities, and personal connections to enable people to follow-up and plan for successful eclipse engagement with underserved communities in their own regions.

Crescent-shaped shadows during a partial solar eclipse

Crescent-shaped shadows during a partial solar eclipse

Space will be limited for this conference. There will be contributed poster presentations and a select number of workshops, talks, and panels. Further details on the conference will be forthcoming in coming weeks. In the meantime, please mark your calendar and sign up to add your name and email to the conference’s interest list (with no obligations). Doing so will ensure you receive information as it becomes available.

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