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Give a Child The Universe at a Classroom Near You

Christina de Leon


Project ASTRO is looking for amateur and professional astronomers who would like to work with teachers and students in 3rd - 9th grade classrooms. This is a great opportunity to share your love of astronomy with an enthusiastic audience and help kids learn about science.

Through Project ASTRO, you will be paired in a one-on-one partnership with a Bay Area teacher at a school near you. Together, educators and astronomers attend a 2-day summer workshop where participants learn to do hands-on, inquiry-based astronomy activities that involve students in the excitement of scientific discovery.

Project ASTRO partners receive "The Universe at Your Fingertips", a rich curriculum resource book as well as access to books, videos, and telescopes from our lending library. Throughout the year, partners are invited to attend follow-up workshops that demonstrate astronomy activities from "The Universe at Your Fingertips" and telescopes available in the lending library.

The project emphasizes ongoing partnerships, which fosters a nurturing environment for students to learn. During the school year, astronomers make at least four visits to their adopted classroom at mutually convenient times. The program has been operating since 1993 in the Bay Area. Previous participants often report that being a Project ASTRO Volunteer has been one of the most satisfying volunteer endeavors they have undertaken.

Astronomer applications are now being accepted for the 2005 - 2006 school year. The deadline is May 6 and space is limited to 35 partnerships. All participants must attend a hands-on training workshop, which will be held August 19 & 20, 2005, at the San Mateo County Office of Education in Redwood City.

Astronomer application forms are available from:

Christina de Leon, Project ASTRO
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
390 Ashton Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112
Tel. 415-337-1100 ext. 101

Information and forms can also be found on the Web at:

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 12 other sites around the country and has trained over 1,300 astronomer-teacher partnerships.


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