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SPACE IS STILL AVAILABLE for Project ASTRO 2004-2005!!!

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Bay Area Project ASTRO is still accepting applications to participate in the program for next year.

Project ASTRO pairs Bay Area teachers in grades 4 - 9 with local amateur and professional astronomers, who commit to make at least four classroom visits. Teacher and astronomer partners train together at a 2-day summer workshop where they learn to do hands-on, inquiry-based astronomy activities that involve students in the process of science. Workshop participants also receive Project ASTRO¹s 800-page curriculum resource guide, The Universe at Your Fingertips, the opportunity for additional workshops, access to our lending library, online message boards, several other free events throughout the year and other wonderful support resources.

Project ASTRO is a program of the non-profit Astronomical Society of the Pacific. The project began in the Bay Area in 1993 and has now expanded to 12 other sites around the country. The emphasis is on continuing teacher-astronomer partnerships, where the students really get to know "their astronomer". Many Project ASTRO partners go beyond the classroom to organize stargazing events, field trips, or astronomy clubs for their adopted schools.

Applications are now being taken for the 2004-2005 school year. The deadline is May 7 and space is limited to 30 partnerships. If you are interested, please submit your application AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to increase the chance that we can find you a suitable astronomer partner. All participants must attend the hands-on training workshop, which will be held this year on August 6 - 7, 2004, at the San Mateo County Office of Education in Redwood City. Teachers must commit to teaching some astronomy during the 2004-2005 school year, but prior experience teaching astronomy is NOT required.

More information and application forms are available from:

Kristin Nelson, Project ASTRO and Family ASTRO
Tel. 415-337-1100 ext. 101;
E-mail: knelson@astrosociety.org

Information and applications can also be found on the Web at:
http://www.astrosociety.org/baprojectastro.html

But Hurry! The we may not be able to accept applications sent after the May 7th deadline.

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