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Project ASTRO: A Successful Model for Astronomer/Teacher Partnerships

  • M. Bennett (a1), A. Fraknoi (a1) and J. Richter (a1)

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Project ASTRO is designed to improve astronomy education and science literacy in grades 4-9 by creating effective working partnerships between teachers/youth leaders and astronomers (both professional and amateur). Key elements of the program include:

  1. training the teachers/youth leaders and astronomers together in inquiry-based “hands-on, minds-on” learning activities
  2. encouraging an active working partnership between the astronomer and the teacher/youth leader
  3. encouraging multiple visits by the astronomer to the classroom or youth group meetings.

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Dierking, L. & Richter, J., 1995, Project ASTRO: Astronomers and Teachers as Partners in Science Scope, Mar. 1995, p. 5.
Fraknoi, A., ed., 1995, The Universe at Your Fingertips: An Activity and Resource Notebook for Teaching Astronomy. Project ASTRO, Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
Fraknoi, A., Richter, J. & Hildreth, S., Project ASTRO: Partnerships Between Astronomers and Teachers in Percy, J., ed., Astronomy Education: Current Developments, Future Coordination. 1996, Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series.
Marino, K., Education Programs Let JPL Give Back to the Community: Project ASTRO Links Astronomers and Elementary Students Statewide in JPL Universe, Dec. 29, 1993, p. 1.
Richter, J. & Fraknoi, A., Matches Made in the Heavens: The A.S.P.'s Project ASTRO in Mercury, Sep./Oct. 1994, p. 24.
Richter, J. & Fraknoi, A., 1996, Project ASTRO How-to-Manual for Teachers and Astronomers. Project ASTRO, Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

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