With the skies ever-present above us, there is a natural human curiosity to look, contemplate and wonder about the heavens. This giant laboratory above us is available to everyone to explore on a philosophical and aesthetic level. Project ASTRO aims to improve and enhance astronomy education in New Mexico by offering educators support in teaching astronomy. Through Project ASTRO, educators are invited to form a partnership with an astronomer who volunteers to work in their classroom. This partnership will give students an opportunity to do astronomy, while establishing a relationship with a scientist, and further their understanding of the universe. The mission of the Project ASTRO - New Mexico Coalition is to: * financially sustain Project ASTRO activities in New Mexico; * recruit astronomers and identify teachers for future involvement; * establish a community of astronomers and educators who promote astronomy education as an essential part of science education; * expand Project ASTRO services to all New Mexico teachers and astronomers; and * integrate Project ASTRO activities into the mission of their own institutions.
Four specific strategies address these project goals:
Questions on Project Astro
Kenn Hitchcock - Director