…Wouldn’t it be great if an astronomer visited your classroom several times during the year, answered students’ questions,and helped you meet the Pennsylvania science standards for astronomy and earth science?
…Do you enjoy sharing your love of astronomy withothers? Would you like to help local teachers open young minds tothe beauty of the universe?
What is Project ASTRO?
Project ASTRO is a National Program that creates long-term partnerships betweenastronomers and teachers or youth group and community leaders. The philosophy behindProject ASTRO is that students learn best when using hands-on inquiry-based activitiesin combination with a constructivist approach to teaching. The astronomer is a resourcefor the teacher both in and outside the classroom and provides students with the uniqueopportunity to have long-term interactions with a scientist.
How does project ASTRO work?
Project ASTRO pairs K-12 teachers and youth group leaders with visitingvolunteer astronomers who have an interest in working with local schools andcommunity organizations. A partnership usually consists of one astronomer andone or two teachers at the same school.
What training will I receive?
At the training workshop, teachers and their partner astronomers meet for the first timeand are engaged in effective classroom hands-on astronomy activities that meet the PAstate science standards. All participants receive a copy of The Universe at Your Fingertips, a collection of over ninety of the very best hands-on activities for teachingmany aspects of astronomy. Partnerships also receive a variety of astronomy resourcesfor use in the classroom. During the workshop partners develop a strategy for workingtogether, in and out of the classroom, and start planning their astronomy lessons and theastronomer’s first visit. There is no cost to attend the workshop. Teachers may receiveAct 48 credit for attending the workshop, if they wish.