AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 35 Professional-Amateur Collaboration for Enhanced Research
Topical Session, Tuesday, June 1, 2004, 8:30-10:00am, 10:45am-12:30pm, 710/712

[Previous] | [Session 35] | [Next]

[35.03] Amateur Astronomers as Outreach Ambassadors: Pro-Am Collaborations for Education and Public Outreach

S. Chippindale, M. Bennett (ASP)

The 115-year old ASP is devoted primarily to increasing public awareness, understanding, and enjoyment of astronomy and space science. In this presentation we intend to give an overview of the current programs and projects in public outreach, informal education, and K-14 formal education, highlighting those that involve partnerships with amateur astronomers. Primary partners and/or funders for these projects include ASP members, NSF, NASA, Navigator EPO and dozens of educational and research organizations. Ongoing programs include: Project ASTRO (astronomer/teacher partnerships), Family ASTRO (family-based activities), Night Sky Network (helping amateur astronomers do more effective public outreach), SOFIA Education/Public Outreach (in partnership with the SETI Institute), Universe in the Classroom (web-based teachers newsletter), Cosmos in the Classroom (conference/workshops supporting community/small college astronomy instruction), and Mercury (the ASP's own members magazine). The ASP continues to search for new partnership opportunities to improve astronomy/space science education and outreach.

If you would like more information about this abstract, please follow the link to http://www.astrosociety.org/education.html. This link was provided by the author. When you follow it, you will leave the Web site for this meeting; to return, you should use the Back comand on your browser.

[Previous] | [Session 35] | [Next]

Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 36 #2
© YEAR. The American Astronomical Soceity.