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SF Bay Area Project ASTRO

Be a Project ASTRO Star!!!

Bay Area Project ASTRO has partnered educators and volunteer astronomers to spark the curiosity and imagination of tens of thousands of Bay Area students since 1994. As we are in our 20th year, we want to make sure we are keeping the program fresh and relevant to the needs of everyone involved.

Bay Area Project ASTRO is taking a year off to assess the needs of both teachers and astronomers in light of new science standards (NGSS) and its emphasis on engaging children in the actual practices of scientists and engineers.

Look for Bay Area Project ASTRO to return in 2016, when a new cohort of educator-astronomer teams will begin their work together in making a difference in the lives of the students.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Bay Area Project ASTRO coordinator at bayareaastro{at}astrosociety.org.

To receive an alert when the application process resumes, please fill out the form here.

How We Reach For The Stars

Bay Area Project ASTRO, the ASP’s premier astronomy education program and locally sponsored chapter, has nearly 250 active participants and reaches over 150 schools and community based organizations in the greater Bay Area. The program serves teachers, students, and volunteer astronomers in 3rd – 9th grade classrooms, after-school programs, and school science events.

Program staff matches Bay Area teachers to volunteer astronomers who have an interest in working with local schools and community centers. Together, educators and astronomers participate in a 2-day summer workshop, receive astronomy resource materials, and develop a strategy for working together in and out of the classroom.

Project ASTRO partnerships involve more than just one-time visits. Astronomers and educators commit to at least four site visits per year. These involve the astronomers leading or assisting with hands-on activities, answering questions, and talking about their own work and interests. Some partners also set up evening observing sessions, create astronomy clubs, go on field trips, or assist with science fair projects.

Partner Information and Resources

Bay Area Project ASTRO understands that each partnership and classroom is unique and requires its own unique resources to help you facilitated hands-on astronomy activities for the students.

Partner resources
Activity Logs