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Programs

Astronomy from the Ground Up (AFGU) provides informal science educators and interpreters with new and innovative ways to communicate astronomy. AFGU is a growing community of hundreds of educators from museums, science centers, nature centers, and parks around the U.S., who are actively enhancing and expanding their capacity to address astronomy topics for their visitors.

Project ASTRO™ Find out more about this highly successful national program that partners astronomers and teachers in the classroom

San Francisco Bay Area ASTRO is a Project ASTRO National Network Site that is run by the ASP

Sharing the Universe (STU) helps amateur astronomers find ways to improve the quality and effectiveness of their education and public outreach (EPO) activities by looking at what successful clubs are doing and what “best practices” might be transferable to other clubs or amateurs that may be struggling with EPO. New EPO support resources and networking options will also be tested and made available to astronomy clubs nationwide.

SOFIA Explore the invisible universe of infra-red astronomy in a 747 at high altitudes

Cosmos in the Classroom Symposia Learn to teach introductory astronomy for nonscience majors more effectively

Night Sky Network Outreach ToolKits and Training Available from the ASP and NASA. Amateur Astronomy Clubs interested in enhancing or expanding their public outreach and education activities are invited to apply for membership in the “Night Sky Network,” a new program specifically designed for amateur astronomers.

The Universe in the Classroom is an electronic newsletter for teachers who want to help their students learn more about science, astronomy and the universe.

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures Downloadable non-technical lectures by noted astronomers covering recent developments in our understanding of the universe.

Astronomy Behind the Headlines is a podcast for informal science educators. Each episode gives you a look behind the latest headlines in astronomy and space science and provides links to related resources and activities so you can interpret these exciting topics for your audiences.

Galileo Teacher Training Program is a pilot program established during the International Year of Astronomy, testing a new model of teacher professional development designed to facilitate the teaching of the process of science using Galileo’s iconic observations and other resources. Workshops have been conducted and are planned for the Bay Area as well as at venues around the country, using a web site (www.gttpusa.org) to help develop graduates of the program as a community of practice.

The NASA Galileo Educator Network (GEN) is a NASA funded teacher professional development program managed by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. The GEN program creates professional development nationwide with the primary goals to help teacher educators and teacher professional development providers engage and educate teachers of astronomy (and general science) and to promote the effective use of NASA-developed and NASA-supported resources by teacher educators and teacher professional development providers, through integration of astronomy/space science content with Galileo-inspired science inquiry and exploration.

Sky Rangers, a part of the Astronomy from the Ground Up (AFGU) program, provides astronomy training and materials to park rangers and other outdoor educators and interpreters.

The AAS Astronomy Ambassadors Program provides mentoring and training experiences for young astronomers just starting their careers. The American Astronomical Society (AAS), in partnership with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), members of the Center for Astronomy Education (CAE), and other organizations active in science education and public outreach (EPO), has created the program, which involves a series of professional-development workshops and a community of practice designed to help improve participants’ communication skills and effectiveness in doing outreach to students and the public.