The heart and soul of the ASP’s mission is connecting astronomy to people, connecting people to learning opportunities, and building bridges between teachers and students – no matter what the classroom looks like: school, museum, planetarium, national park, state park, nature center, astronomy club, city sidewalk, online, backyard.
We invite you to browse this section and discover the breadth and depth of the ASP’s education efforts, current and from our archives. Explore our diverse programs and resources and see how they can help you better understand and share the wonder of astronomy as the gateway to science literacy.
The NASA Night Sky Network is a community of more than 450 astronomy clubs across the U.S. that share their time and telescopes to engage the public with unique astronomy experiences. The ASP provides training and materials to enhance clubs outreach activities, and inspires more than four million people through their participation in 30,000+ events.
The ASP is partnered on a NASA project to create new astronomy badges for Girl Scouts, connect them with their local astronomy clubs, and train amateur astronomers to make their outreach more girl-friendly. The ASP also connects adult Girl Scout volunteers to NASA’s Night Sky Network (NSN), a community comprised of hundreds of amateur astronomy clubs across the country.
STU was created to help amateur astronomers find ways to improve the quality and effectiveness of their education and public outreach (EPO) activities by looking at what successful clubs are doing and what “best practices” might be transferable to other clubs or amateurs that may be struggling with EPO. EPO support resources and networking options were tested and made available to astronomy clubs nationwide.
This first-of-its-kind citizen science project is a collection of photos submitted by a group of dedicated volunteers from locations across the United States during the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. These individual photos have been stitched together to give us an extended look at the sun’s atmosphere as the eclipse traversed the US.
Out of School
Through an NSF grant, we have created a set of research-based, science-rich astronomy activities that are engaging and developmentally appropriate for pre-K aged children, and trained hundreds of educators at museums, parks, and libraries across the U.S. on how to effectively engage their youngest visitors (ages 3 – 5) in astronomy.
AGFU provides informal science educators and interpreters with new and innovative ways to communicate astronomy. AFGU is a growing community of hundreds of educators from museums, science centers, nature centers, and parks around the U.S., who are actively enhancing and expanding their capacity to address astronomy topics for their visitors.
Sky Rangers, a part of the Astronomy from the Ground Up (AFGU) program, provided astronomy training and materials to park rangers and other outdoor educators and interpreters.
Higher Education/Early Professionals
The AAS Astronomy Ambassadors Program provides mentoring and training experiences for young astronomers just starting their careers. The American Astronomical Society (AAS), in partnership with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), members of the Center for Astronomy Education (CAE), and other organizations active in science education and public outreach (EPO), has created the program, which involves a series of professional-development workshops and a community of practice designed to help improve participants communication skills and effectiveness in doing outreach to students and the public.
The Teacher Learning Center (K – 12)
Developed in 2009 for the International Year of Astronomy, the Galileoscope has become the centerpiece for teaching about telescopes in many programs. As a key component of the Galileo Teacher Training Program, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific engaged hundreds of educators in professional development related to telescopes and the Galileoscope.
Project ASTRO is a national program that partnered astronomers and teachers in the classroom.
San Francisco Bay Area ASTRO was a Project ASTRO National Network Site run by the ASP.
The Galileo Teacher Training Program was a pilot program established during the International Year of Astronomy in 2009, testing a new model of teacher professional development designed to facilitate the teaching of the process of science using Galileo’s iconic observations and other resources. Workshops have been conducted and are planned for the Bay Area, as well as at venues around the country, using the Galileo Teacher Training Program website to help develop graduates of the program as a community of practice.
The NASA Galileo Educator Network (GEN) was a NASA funded teacher professional development program managed by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. The GEN program created professional development nationwide with the primary goals to help teacher educators and teacher professional development providers engage and educate teachers of astronomy (and general science) and to promote the effective use of NASA-developed and NASA-supported resources by teacher educators and teacher professional development providers, through integration of astronomy/space science content with Galileo-inspired science inquiry and exploration.