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San Francisco Bay Area Family ASTRO

Family ASTRO was launched in the San Francisco Bay Area in March 2001. A special effort was made to recruit leaders from organizations that work with families who are generally underrepresented in science education. Some veteran Project ASTRO partners joined Family ASTRO to add to their repertoire of activities and extend their involvement with families. Other training participants include museum educators and youth group leaders. Our second Bay Area leader training took place in November.


Representatives from the following sites have attended a Family ASTRO Leader Training in 2001, and provide families a chance to explore science by using hands-on astronomy activity kits.

San Francisco

Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School
Randall Museum

North Bay

Mary Silveira Elementary School
Sonoma County Astronomical Society

East Bay

America Indian Public Charter School
Chabot Space and Science Center
Dublin 4-H Club
Pleasant Hill Middle School
Rosa Parks Elementary School
School of the Madeleine

Peninsula/South Bay

Baldwin Middle School
Blach Middle School
La Honda Elementary School
Parca (serving people with developmental disabilities and their families)
San Carlos Park and Recreation Department
Sandpiper Elementary School
South Bay Taiwanese Youth
The Tech Museum



After a successful launch in 2001, we have received many inquiries about future leader training. We are in the process of setting up a training schedule in order to accommodate as many people as possible. Family ASTRO training will generally be offered on an annual basis.

As part of the Family ASTRO leader training, partners and individuals learn how to use and present our hands-on family astronomy kits, discuss how to best work with families in science education, and develop a practical plan for hosting family events.

If you are an astronomer, 4th-9th grade teacher, museum educator, or youth group leader, we encourage you to attend one of our training sessions. For an introduction to hosting family events, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you have any questions about Bay Area Family ASTRO, please contact bayareaastro {at}