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Paper: Afterschool Universe: Bringing Astronomy Down to Earth
Volume: 400, Preparing for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy: A Hands-on Symposium
Page: 415
Authors: Krishnamurthi, A.; Eyermann, S.E.; Mitchell, S.E.; Lochner, J.C.
Abstract: We discuss “Afterschool Universe,” an astronomy after-school program for middle-schoolers. The program explores basic astronomy concepts through engaging activities and takes participants on a journey through the universe beyond the solar system. By offering astronomy content in out-of-school time where schedules are less constrained, we can engage students at this critical age in science they find naturally interesting. This is a timely effort for the International Year of Astronomy as it can be used to introduce new audiences to astronomy during a period when we are attempting to raise the profile and level of interest in the universe around us.
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