Education & Public Engagement
Partner Programs with the Astronomy Society of the Pacific
Astronomy from the Ground Up (AFGU) is a National Science Foundation funded program developed to provide informal science educators and interpreters with new and innovative ways to communicate astronomy. AFGU is a growing community of more than 600 educators from museums, science centers, nature centers, and parks around the country, who are actively enhancing and expanding their capacity to address astronomy topics for their visitors.
The NASA Galileo Educator Network (GEN) was a NASA funded teacher professional development program managed by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Partner organizations included the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO, now part of NSF’s NOIRLab) in Tucson, Arizona.
GEN grew out of the Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP), a heritage program of the International Year of Astronomy in 2009. The GEN program creates professional development nationwide with the primary goals to:
- Help teacher educators and teacher professional development providers engage and educate teachers of astronomy (and general science), especially in grades 3-9, using effective instructional strategies and educational resources, with engaging and inspiring content.
- Promote the effective use of NASA-developed and NASA-supported resources by teacher educators and teacher professional development providers, through integration of astronomy/space science content with Galileo-inspired science inquiry and exploration.