Upcoming Workshops:

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From Pinholes to Space Telescopes: Online Workshop for Informal Educators

April 9 - 27 and May 20 - 25, 2018

Live one-hour webinars at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern on Wednesdays: 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/23

Application deadline: March 25


Please join us for a free online workshop all about optics and the evolution of the telescope. While most people have a basic idea of how lenses work, they frequently don’t know how telescopes use lenses and mirrors together to organize light to form images of distant objects. During this workshop, we’ll examine the behavior of light with a pinhole projector and lenses of differing focal lengths. Then we’ll explore the properties of both light and lenses, and construct a simple telescope.

Educators who successfully complete the first three weeks of the workshop, April 9 - 27, 2018, will receive a free set of 24 Galileoscopes for use in their educational programs. We will then offer a delayed fourth week of the workshop, May 20 - 25, after everyone has received their shipments, to learn how to assemble the Galileoscopes and make observations of objects in the sky with them.

Participants will gain the following through participation in the workshop:

  • Hands-on experience with demonstrations of light and optics

  • An education toolkit with the materials needed for implementing these demos at your museum

  • A free set of 24 Galileoscopes, upon successful completion of the first three weeks of the workshop (shipping charges may apply outside of the continental U.S.)

  • Strategies we have found to be successful in engaging children and families

  • Access to the astronomy experts who will facilitate the workshop

  • Opportunities for rich online forum discussions with about 35 other museum educators also participating in the workshop

  • Membership in the Astronomy from the Ground Up online community, a support network of peers from all over the country that have participated in similar astronomy workshops for informal educators

  • A free one-year membership to the Astronomical Society of the Pacific


Workshop participants must…

  • Work or volunteer as an educator at a museum, science center, or other informal learning institution such as a park, nature center, or library, located in the United States, U.S. Territories, Canada, or Mexico.

  • Plan to spend 3-4 hours per week on tasks related to the workshop. There will be a weekly live one-hour webinar on Wednesdays at  10:00am Pacific / 1:00pm Eastern, and the rest of the tasks can be completed as they best fit into your own schedule. While live participation is preferable and encouraged, the webinars will also be recorded for later review in case you miss any of them.

  • Have access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.

  • Have access to a dark space for trying various optics demos .

  • Applicants from Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, and U.S. Territories may be required to cover additional shipping charges.

To Apply:

  • Submit an application form. The application has 14 questions and should take about 20 minutes to complete.

  • Return the Institutional Endorsement Form with the signature of your supervisor or director to certify your institution's support of your participation. Your application will be considered incomplete until you submit this form.

  • Deadline for application is March 25.

Questions? Email afgu@astrosociety.org


Last modified: Monday, 19 March 2018, 6:47 PM