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Upcoming Workshops:

Skynet Junior Scholars Professional Development Workshop
January 25 - February 29, 2016
see below for information and application

My Sky Tonight Online Workshop:
Astronomy for Pre-K Children in Museums
March 7 - April 15, 2016
application deadline: February 1, 2016

See below for information and application


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Skynet Junior Scholars Professional Development Workshop

January 25 - February 29, 2016

SJS StudentSJS online workshops will give you practice in operating world‐class telescopes, build your confidence in leading astronomy activities, and give you the tools to guide your youth through an exploration of our Universe.


Skynet Junior Scholars is a national youth science program that allows young people to conduct astronomy investigations with world-class telescopes in the US, Chile, and Australia with a simple internet connection. The program is intended for middle school and older youth in 4-H clubs, afterschool, and other informal education programs. The SJS professional development workshops are designed for informal educators and youth leaders who hold out‐of‐school‐time programs for youth. Neither a science or astronomy background is required.

Each participant will receive a free toolkit of materials for hands‐on astronomy activities.

The online workshop lasts 6 weeks and requires about 18-20 hours of time commitment over that time. There will be a 1-hour online webchat each week that is in real time. The timing of these will be announced after the participants have indicated the best time for them. While the program will do their best to accommodate everyone's schedule, the webinars will also be recorded if you are unable to attend. There will be activities from the toolkit to try each week in between the webchats.

COST: free! Hands-on materials are provided.

For more details and registration information go to: http://www.gb.nrao.edu/sjsworkshop/

Questions? Contact astrosjs-staff@gmail.com



My Sky Tonight Online Workshop:

Astronomy for Pre-K Children in Museums
March 7 - April 15, 2016

Pre-K Moon VisitMuseum educators, please join us for a free My Sky Tonight workshop to learn about how to bring the excitement of astronomy to pre-K children and their families. The workshop will take place online from March 7 - April 15, 2016. Each participant will receive a free toolkit of hands-on astronomy activities designed for 3- to 5-year-old children and tested at multiple museums. The goal of this workshop is to provide educators with the opportunity to learn methods of engaging young children and their families in activities related to astronomy, including some of the stepping stones to astronomy, such as exploring near versus far, and observing changing shadows.


Participants will gain the following through participation in the workshop:
  • Detailed descriptions of astronomy activities for preschool-aged children.
  • An education toolkit with the materials needed for implementing the activities at your museum
  • Content knowledge in astronomy
  • Strategies we have found to be successful in engaging preschool-age children and their families.
  • Opportunities for rich online forum discussions with 30-35 other museum educators also participating in the workshop.
  • Membership in the Astronomy from the Ground Up online community, a support network of peers from all over the country that have participated in similar astronomy workshops for informal educators.


Requirements:
Workshop participants must…
  • Work or volunteer as an educator a museum, science center, and other informal learning institutions such as a park or nature center.
  • Plan to spend 3-4 hours per week on tasks related to the workshop. There will be a weekly live one-hour webinar on Thursdays at 1:30pm Eastern / 10:30am Pacific, and the rest of the tasks can be completed as they best fit into your own schedule. While live participation is preferable and encouraged, the webinars will also be recorded for later review in case you miss any of them.
  • Agree to log the use of My Sky Tonight activities for a period of at least one year (through April 2017), with a minimum of four events in that year. Logs will be submitted via an online form.


The application deadline is February 1, 2016. To Apply:
  • Submit an application form. The application has 15 questions and should take about 20 minutes to complete.
  • Return the Institutional Endorsement Form with the signature of your supervisor or director to certify your institution's support of your participation. Your application will be considered incomplete until you submit this form.


Questions? Contact afgu@astrosociety.org

Last modified: Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 12:18 PM
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Astronomy from the Ground Up is based upon work supported by the Informal Education Division of the National Science Foundation under Grant no. ESI-0451933. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.