Project ASTRO is searching for amateur (or professional) astronomers who would like to work with teachers and students in 4th - 9th grade classrooms. This is a great opportunity to help kids learn science, while sharing the wonder of astronomy with the most enthusiastic audience you can find (and to sharpen your own teaching or communication skills in the process.)
Through Project ASTRO, you will be paired in a one-on-one partnership with a Bay Area teacher at a school near you. Together, astronomer and teacher partners attend a free two-day summer training workshop where they learn effective hands-on astronomy activities and receive a copy of Project ASTRO's 800-page curriculum resource book, "The Universe at Your Fingertips."
The project emphasizes ongoing partnerships, not just one-time class visits. During the school year, astronomers make at least four visits to their adopted classroom at mutually convenient times. The program has been operating for 7 years in the Bay Area, and previous participants often report that it has been one of the most satisfying volunteer endeavors they have ever undertaken.
Astronomer applications are now being accepted for the 2001 - 2002 school year. The deadline is April 27 (but late applications are often accepted.) Space is limited to 20 - 25 partnerships. All participants are required to attend the training workshop, which will be held August 3 - 4, 2001, at the San Mateo County Office of Education in Redwood City.
(Project ASTRO, a program of the nonprofit Astronomical Society of the Pacific, began with support from the National Science Foundation and the NASA Office of Space Science. It has now expanded to 11 other sites around the country and has trained over 900 astronomer-teacher partnerships.)
Astronomer application forms are available from: Karin Avila, Project ASTRO, A.S.P. 390 Ashton Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112; Tel. 415-337-1100 ext. 101; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Forms can also be downloaded from: www.aspsky.org/astro/volunteer.html.
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