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Upcoming Workshops

Below you will find information about our upcoming workshops and how to apply to participate in them. To receive notification of other future opportunities, please sign up here. Contact afgu {at} astrosociety.org with any questions about the workshops or how to apply.



Skynet Junior Scholars
Online Workshop for Youth Leaders and Educators
Fall 2014 - Details TBA


Would your youth like to observe the Universe with real research telescopes? We thought so! That's why a group of dedicated scientists and astronomy educators created Skynet Junior Scholars. With a simple internet connection, young people can conduct all kinds of astronomy investigations with world-class telescopes in the US, Chile, AND Australia. Suitable for middle school and older youth in 4-H clubs, afterschool and museum programs, Skynet Junior Scholars (SJS) offers:
  • Access to Skynet Robotic Telescopes;
  • Explorations: a series of inquiry-based STEM activities that engage young people in a variety of astronomy topics;
  • Online web-portal allows youth to create an image gallery, share data with other young scientists, publish their results;
  • Communication with astronomers, engineers, software developers and SJS staff;
  • An opportunity for youth to advance, and assist astronomers with their projects.

Youth in your out-of-school-time programs may participate in SJS after you complete an SJS professional development workshop. Participation in this workshop is free of cost. We simply ask that you commit to guiding 5-10 youth through an SJS Exploration.




What workshop participants have to say about the experience

These quotes are from participants of past Sky Rangers Online Workshops:

I LOVE all the materials AFGU has given me. It helps make the programs so much more interesting and more memorable for the kids.
- Chris Malm, Naturalist, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly, VA

The activities I've received through this program will greatly enhance not only the hands-on activities we're equipped to facilitate, but I myself feel much more confident in actually working with participants under the stars. The Constellation Tour was a great experience that really got me out of my comfort zone - thanks for that!
-Stacy DeVeau, Director, Arizona NASA Educator Resource Center at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ

This workshop has been amazing! I am so excited about all the fabulous resources and ideas that have been shared here and I am looking forward to incorporating these activities into our park programs.
- Jenny Dawn Stucki, Park Naturalist, Snow Canyon State Park, Ivins, UT

This workshop has been outstanding and a lot of fun to participate in! It has given me a lot of ideas on incorporating more astronomy into both the organizations that I work for. … Thanks again to you at AFGU for making everything really understandable and exciting. It really helps me inspire the public.
- Anne Drake, Naturalist, Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire, MI

What I have discovered about this class is even though I enjoy looking at the stars, having assignments makes me get out there and do it. Outside of a structured setting, it's easy to say I'm tired, it's late, it's cold, I don't feel like it tonight, but when there is external motivation like an assignment, then the drive suddenly appears. As it turns out, I am truly thankful for the assignments. I have learned so much and have gained confidence in finding constellations. It's like riding a bike. The learning and practicing of how to do it means I will be able to do it later when the needs arise.
- Steve Petznick, Naturalist, Mosquito Hill Nature Center, New London, WI

Bravo again for all of your and the teams assistance in helping us become better astronomers.
- Stephen Brueggerhoff, Environmental Educator/ Public Programs Manager, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, TX

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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.