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Project ASTRO: Structure and Scope

The entire Project ASTRO program is under the direction of the Project ASTRO national staff at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) office in San Francisco. National staff provide start-up funding and a variety of other support to Project ASTRO sites, such as materials for participants, assistance conducting the training workshops, a national newsletter, and annual meetings of site leaders.

The pilot phase of Project ASTRO took place between 1993 and 1995 with a $650,000 National Science Foundation grant. Sixty schools in Northern and Southern California participated. Forty-six astronomers and 65 teachrs were involved--37 from elementary schools, 25 from middle schools, and 3 from high schools. Evaluation of the pilot {See Detail: Impact of Project Astro} encouraged ASP and Project ASTRO to expand the project. ASTRO applied for and received a 3-year, $1.3-million grant for national expansion from the NSF.

Currently, there are six Project ASTRO expansion sites, with about 200 astronomers and 275 teachers participating. The sites and their institutions are

These sites select and match teachers and amateur or professional astronomers, train the partners intensively, and support teacher-astronomer teams as they independently carry out activities during the school year. Expansion Sites

There are also several independent ASTRO-like sites, the number of which is expected to increase with growing awareness of ASTRO and its materials. Independent ASTRO-like Projects


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