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Paper: Connecting Kids to the Universe: Partnering with 4–H Youth Development to Pilot Afterschool Universe in New York
Volume: 400, Preparing for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy: A Hands-on Symposium
Page: 281
Authors: Schaff, N.
Abstract: To offer effective astrophysics outreach education, developmentally appropriate hands-on activities that develop conceptual understanding and create excitement about science and careers are needed. The new NASA Afterschool Universe Program is ideal to enhance astronomy and astrophysics outreach. After-school Universe is a comprehensive project that builds a strong conceptual understanding of the Universe beyond the solar system for out-of-school groups at the middle school level. Students at this age are fascinated by mysteries (to them) of the universe, but are introduced primarily to the Solar System in school. We determined that access to materials and training would be essential to successful implementation of Afterschool Universe. Therefore, we secured funding from the Chandra EPO program to develop kits and implement five regional workshops in collaboration with 4–H Youth Development in New York State during 2008, in preparation for the International Year of Astronomy.
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