Afterschool Universe is a hands-on astronomy program targeted at middle school out-of-school-time settings. It explores basic astronomy concepts through hands-on activities and focuses on a journey through the universe beyond the solar system.
Two free, 2-day training workshops are being held this summer. This training will prepare participants to lead the program or train others to do so. All attendees who complete the training will receive a printed and bound copy of the program manual at the end of the workshop. Most of the materials to run the program are easily available at grocery stores and craft supplies stores. A free kit of a few materials that need to be ordered from specialized retailers is given to those who commit to run the program for the target audience (approximately a $50 value). Workshop attendees also receive access to a password-protected Web site that has additional resources to help with the implementation.
The first training workshop will be taking place in Tucson, Ariz., on May 27-28, 2009. Registration for this session is due May 18. A second workshop is being offered at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., on June 3-4, 2009. Registration for this session is due May 27.