Astronomy from the Ground Up is a 4-year project (now in a no-cost extension year) funded by the National Science Foundation Informal Science Education Program. The proposal submitted to ISE stressed the importance of creating and growing a community of informal science educators at small science and nature centers who can effectively conduct programs in astronomy for their visitors. The community we have trained in multiple day face-to-face workshop and multiple week on-line workshops now numbers more than 400 educators from museums, science centers, nature centers, and parks around the country The Astronomical Society of the Pacific is the lead institution along with NOAO and the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC). There is also a strong research component to the project, led by ILI of Annapolis, MD.
Key NOAO people: Rob Sparks, Katy Garmany, and Stephen Pompea (Co-PI)
To learn more, visit the Astronomy from the Ground Up web page.