The Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian invites enthusiastic educators of middle-school-age youth to join our Youth Astronomy Network (YouthAstroNet)!

  • 08/01/2019 11:56 AM
    Message # 7807651
    Mary Lou Lipscomb (Administrator)

    YouthAstroNet is a nationwide online learning community of grades 5-8 students, educators, and STEM mentors that features remotely-controlled, online telescopes from the Center for Astrophysics, and complementary resources and activities. Using the MicroObservatory Robotic Telescope Network youth and their adult program facilitators can take their own images to explore the Moon, Sun, planets, stars, and galaxies; use professional image analysis software; and do hands-on activities to investigate more about space, and the technologies that operate the robotic telescopes.

    Benefits and resources:

     ·      Ongoing support from astronomy and science education experts from the Center for Astrophysics.

    ·      Customized online access to MicroObservatory Telescope Network and YouthAstroNet resources, including group accounts for managing and monitoring student activity.

    ·      Kid-tested activity/lesson plans for after-school programs, science clubs, or other informal learning environments.

    ·      Live and archived webinars, video-tutorials, and online discussion groups for learning how to implement YouthAstroNet activities with youth.

    ·      Resources for introducing youth to 21st Century Skills, and IT and STEM careers related to their use of robotic telescopes and digital image processing tools.

    ·      Tools and guides for hosting local YouthAstroNet community/capstone events

    ·      Connections to NASA and real scientists!

    How to Get Involved

    YouthAstroNet staff are hosting a 2-week, self-paced online training August 5-16. During this training period project staff, and peer mentor educators who have successfully implemented YouthAstroNet in their learning sites will be available to share feedback and support via online forums, and virtual office hours. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate from the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian certifying them as a YouthAstroNet trained educator.

    Sign-up here for the training here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YouthAstroNet

    Self-Paced Online Training: Asynchronous training August 5-16 includes 3 recorded webinars to be watched at educator’s own pace.

    If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact me, Erika Wright, by e-mail at erika.wright@cfa.harvard.edu

    We look forward to having you join us!

    All the best,



    Erika Wright

    Education Specialist

    Science Education Department

    Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian

    Office: (617) 495 7223

    60 Garden Street | MS71 | Cambridge, MA 02138

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