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Project ASTRO: Chronology of Project

Prior to 1993. The Astronomical Society of the Pacific engages in planning and development of the Project ASTRO proposal, building on the ASP's ongoing experience with conducting teacher workshops, with developing materials, and with working with amateur and professional astronomers.

January 1993. ASP receives a $600,000 National Science Foundation grant for Project ASTRO Pilot Project. It is ASP's first federal grant.

Jan.-July 1993. Planning and Study Phase: ASP identifies strategies; recruits and selects participants; develops prototype materials; and develops workshop.

Summer 1993. ASP conducts two Project ASTRO workshops as 2 1/2- day retreats; one in San Francisco, and one in the Los Angeles area.

1993/1994 Program Phase. ASP arranges for astronomer/teacher visits; evaluation and case studies; materials revision; and follow-up workshops in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Summer 1994. ASP continues its development of The Universe at Your Fingertips and conducts a mini-workshop for continuing and new participants (in the first cohort) in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

December 1994. First summative evaluation of pilot project in Northern and Southern California completed and serves as a guide for writing the How-To Manual.

1994/1995. ASP produces The Universe at Your Fingertips and conducts evaluation, recruitment, and selection of a new group of teachers and astronomers. ASP submits expansion sites proposal to NSF.

Summer 1995. ASP conducts a workshop for the second cohort of teacher-astonomer partnerships in San Francisco only and develops and produces the Project ASTRO How-To Manual

Fall 1995. Evaluation and materials development completed. School year begins for all current ASTRO participants. ASTRO staff continues dissemination of information about the project.

January 1996. ASTRO receives $1.3M NSF grant to expand Project ASTRO to 6-10 sites around the U.S. over three years.

1996. ASTRO staff selects first two expansion sites (Adler Planetarium in Chicago and the National Optical Astronomy Observatories in Tucson) and conducts workshops in summer and fall. The 12-minute Project ASTRO video, "Partners in Learning," is produced with support from the National Aeronatutics and Space Administration. Project ASTRO activities are continued with current and new participants in the San Francisco Bay Area.

January 1997. ASTRO staff selects three new expansion sites, with workshops to be held during summer of 1997.

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