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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.

Project ASTRO seeks 5th–9th grade teachers and astronomers who have a passion for sharing the wonders of astronomy with students. Teacher-Astronomer partners will attend a free 1.5-day fall workshop to learn hands-on, inquiry-based astronomy activities designed to inspire and excite students in their science pursuits and eventual professions.

Project ASTRO will return for the 2016–2017 school year. All participants are required to attend a free 1.5-day workshop held at the College of San Mateo Planetarium in San Mateo. Program participants receive The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0, a compilation of astronomy teaching resources, as well as materials from NASA. Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students majoring in astronomy are also encouraged to apply!

Apply online to join the Project ASTRO program by August 22, 2016:
Teacher application
Astronomer application

Project ASTRO Introductory Workshop 2016
Friday & Saturday, September 16–17
Friday, 5:00pm–10:00pm; Saturday, 9:00am–4:30pm
College of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA
Attendance is required!

Download the San Francisco Bay Area Project ASTRO flyer

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

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 5th-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