Suzanne Jacoby, for NOAO Educational Outreach
The January/February issue of Mercury Magazine contains an excellent article about Project ASTRO in Tucson that was written by Ginny Beal, Program Coordinator for NOAO Educational Outreach. One of Ginny's goals was to involve more astronomers in their local Project ASTRO. This article includes several inspiring anecdotes from participating astronomers.
NOAO/Tucson has been selected as the first chair of the National Project ASTRO Network. In this role, we will work closely with the existing sites and the National Project ASTRO office to continue the cohesiveness of the project as it matures around the country. Tucson will host the next annual Site Leaders' Meeting in April of 2000, with representatives from all eleven expansion sites in attendance.
We have just received word that our proposal to the NASA/STScI IDEAS program, "Did You See the Moon Last Night? --- Scientific Inquiry through Writing, Art, and Observation," was successful! This will allow us to develop a teacher workshop that integrates Project ASTRO hands-on activities and scientific inquiry through an observational study of lunar phases.