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Project ASTROÃ¢â Â¢ is a national program that improves the teaching of astronomy and physical science by linking professional and amateur astronomers with local educators. Each astronomer is matched with an educator in a one-on-one partnership and commits to visiting the educator's students at least four times during the school year. Over 500 active educator-astronomer partnerships currently bring the excitement of scientific discovery through astronomy to over 20,000 students annually.
Project ASTRO pairs astronomers with local 3rd-9th grade educators to share the wonders of astronomy with students. Visiting astronomers lead hands-on classroom activities, share their enthusiasm for science, and talk about their astronomical interests. They can arrange field trips, create astronomy clubs, or assist with science fairs. Project ASTRO features an inquiry-based approach that research has shown is most effective in helping students learn science. Partners are trained together in a 2-day workshop where they receive a wide variety of resource materials. Astronomers commit to at least four visits to their school or community organization during the academic year.
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