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My Sky Tonight

Astronomy for children ages 3, 4 and 5?


Every parent knows that young children are curious about the world around them and that they learn through play, but there’s more to it than that! The creative astronomy educators at the ASP have teamed up with early childhood researchers at Penn State, UC Santa Cruz and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to:

  • Advance the knowledge base concerning the astronomy conceptions and curiosities that children have in their early years, and how these can be built upon to position children for later scientific understanding as they grow.
  • Develop interactive learning experiences to be used by Informal Science Education (ISE) practitioners (and parents and other adults in children’s everyday lives) enabling young children to progress to increasingly sophisticated levels of astronomy concepts and scientific reasoning, providing a foundation for lifelong learning about astronomy and about science in general. (click here to download sample activities)
  • Increase participation in astronomy of families in general, and specifically underserved families by engaging minority groups in formative development of the deliverables, delivering culturally relevant content, and targeting underserved groups as end audiences.
  • Improve practice by engaging ISE practitioners in research, co-learning, and the development of effective practices, and providing them with the tools and the support they need for implementation. (click here to find the next workshop)

National Science Foundation logo*My Sky Tonight is based upon work supported by the Division of Research On Learning (DRL) of the National Science Foundation under Grant no. AISL #1217441. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation