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Upcoming Workshops:

My Sky Tonight Online Workshop:
Astronomy for Pre-K Children in Museums
  • September 19 - October 28, 2016
  • October 11 - November 18, 2016
  • January 17 - February 24, 2017
  • February 27 - April 7, 2017

Application deadline for Fall 2016 workshops is July 31.

See below for information and application.


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My Sky Tonight Online Workshop:

Astronomy for Pre-K Children in Museums

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. 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, or other informal learning institution such as a park or nature center, located in North America. (We hope to serve a more international audience in the future.)
  • Plan to spend 3-4 hours per week on tasks related to the workshop. There will be a weekly live one-hour webinar at a time TBD, 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, with a minimum of four events in that year. Logs will be submitted via an online form.


This six-week workshop will be offered at the following times:
  • September 19 - October 28, 2016
  • October 11 - November 18, 2016
  • January 17 - February 24, 2017
  • February 27 - April 7, 2017

The application deadline for the Fall 2016 workshops is July 31. You may apply for more than one of the workshops, though you will only be selected for one of them, since they have identical content. 

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: Friday, July 1, 2016, 01:17 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.