Astronomers apply equal measures of analytic thinking and imagination, logic and intuition, to answer the most fundamental questions about the cosmos: What are stars and planets? How did they evolve? Why does the night sky look the way it does? Does life exist among the stars? How did the universe get here? How will it end? If astronomy seems a rigorous science, it's because the objective of astronomers is nothing less than to understand the nature of the universe. It takes a special person to pursue this objective; one who likes to challenge and be challenged..
SPARK publishes original articles on astronomy education about or related to the education programs and activities of the American Astronomical Society and its members. Reading previous issues will give you an idea of the types of articles that appear in the Newsletter. Opinion pieces, reviews, letters to the editor, newsworthy items are all welcome, subject to the guidelines below.
The Harlow Shapley Visiting Lectureship Program of the American Astronomical Society is a program of two day visits by professional astronomers who bring the excitement of modern astronomy and astrophysics to colleges of all types. Participation is open to two-year colleges and four-year undergraduate institutions throughout North America including Canada and Mexico, and, especially institutions that do not offer an astronomical degree.
This is a list of Astronomy degree granting Institutions. For more information please contact the specific institution of your choice. If you are a department chair and would like to make corrections, please email the AAS Education Department.
American Astronomical Society Education Office
Amy Singel Southon
Chicago Botanic Gardens
One way to improve your teaching is to become aware of very common things teachers often do which don't help the learning process, and avoid them! This usually takes some practice, and discussion with others who teach. Six of these behaviors you should note and avoid are:
An Ancient Universe: How Astronomers Know the Vast Scale of Cosmic Time
The booklet, An Ancient Universe: How Astronomers Know the Vast Scale of Cosmic Time, is a guide for teachers, students, and the public.
The booklet was written by a subcommittee of the American Astronomical Society's Astronomy Education Board and was published in 2004 by the American Astronomical Society with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
The booklet, The Process of Science: and its Interaction with Non-Scientific Ideas, is a guide for Teachers, Students and the Public.
The booklet was written by Matt Bobrowsky for the American Astronomical Society and was published in 2007 by the American Astronomical Society.
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>K-12 Resources - Useful references for Classroom Resources, Science Education Standards, and creating effective Public Outreach plans.
Undergraduate and Graduate Level Resources - Graduate and Undergraduate related website and programs.
Programs and Additional Resources - Programs for teacher education and Professional Development and other program resources.
The Priscilla and Bart Bok Awards and the Richard D. Lines Special Award are presented by the AAS and ASP at the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).