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K-12 Educators

Summer Astronomy Institute: Space Science and the NGSS

A hands-on workshop for teachers in grades 5-12

Date: August 3-6, 2015, 8:30am-4:00pm
Location: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 390 Ashton Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112

Cost: $300 (but full scholarships are now available!)

Registration is closed.

Presented by The Teacher Learning Center at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

This 4-day workshop will cover classroom tested, inquiry-rich activities designed to help students learn the processes of science through the study of space science with explicit alignment to the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards and connections to literacy and the Common Core. Workshop strands include: Astronomy and the NGSS, Tools of the Astronomer, Exploring the Solar System, and the Sun-Earth Connection.

Two units of academic credit available through The University of the Pacific. In addition to 4 days of activities, participants receive The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD, a $30 value and a class set of 10 Galileoscopes, a $250 value.

Registration is closed.

HURRY! Scholarships are still available to cover the entire cost of your workshop! (a $300 value)

Applicants for the scholarship must register for the workshop and pay a refundable $50 deposit to hold a spot in the Institute.

Scholarship recipients will be reimbursed for the full amount of this deposit upon completing the Institute. Teachers from Title 1 schools and/or serving high percentages of underrepresented students are strongly encouraged to apply. We will notify applicants about their scholarships no later than Monday, June 8.

Apply for the scholarship here.

Target Audience: 5th-12th grade teachers
Cost: FREE with scholarship (a $300 value)
Date: August 3-6, 2015, 8:30am-4:00pm
Location: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 390 Ashton Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112


A teacher effects eternity; [s]he can never tell where [her] his influence stops.
Henry Brooks Adams

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.
Carl Sagan

The ASP serves K-12 educators who work in the classrooms and those who provide professional development (PD) to teachers. We design and organize diverse programs and services to support the teaching of astronomy as the gateway to science literacy: workshops, publications, bibliographies, PD conferences and networking. From Project ASTRO where we pair teachers with astronomers to share the excitement of astronomy in classrooms around the country, to our Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP), an annual two-day professional development workshop, to Cosmos in the Classroom which takes place every three years for teachers of college-level introductory astronomy (education workshops about the most popular and populated basic science class in universities across the country).

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