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Project ASTRO: Partnering by Individual Astronomers

For amateur or professional astronomers who want to be effective participants in K-12 education but who don't live near a Project ASTRO site or who don't want to become involved in the whole ASTRO program, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, organizes one-day workshops at professional and amateur astronomy meetings and other locations around the country. The workshops are conducted by experienced science educators and astronomers and emphasize the following:

  • Key issues in the science reform movement, national standards and guidelines, and how U.S. education is organized
  • Strategies to use in partnership with teachers and other educators
  • The importance of age-appropriate, inquiry-based, hands-on astronomy activities that really engage students in the problem-solving process
  • Why certain existing national science education and curriculum projects succeed and how to build on their successes
  • Resources and practical tips for successfully working directly with school-age children
  • How to translate an interest in astronomy into efforts that meet real educational needs
  • Various roles to play in improving science education

With Project ASTRO materials and guidance, individual astronomers can form their own astronomer-teacher partnerships and even start mini-Project ASTRO programs in their localities.

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