Astronomy Education Resources

Resources for high school and introductory college astronomy teachers

Please email me if you would like to add your resources to this list.


A guide to astronomy resources by Lisa Manners.  There’s a lot of stuff here worth a look.

CAPER - Center for Astronomy and Physics Education Research

“Improving teaching and learning in Astronomy and the Earth Sciences, through research, curriculum resources and professional development.”

Night Sky Network

“Astronomy Clubs Bringing the Wonders of the Universe to the Public”

Find the closest astronomy club to your school and invite them to put on an astronomy night!

Astronomical Society of the Pacific

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) was founded in 1889 by a group of Northern California professional and amateur astronomers after joining together to view a rare total solar eclipse. The ASP's earliest purpose was to disseminate astronomical information -- a mission which has flourished with astronomers' inexhaustible exploration of the universe. The ASP has become the largest general astronomy society in the world, with members from over 70 nations.

An excellent summary page for national astrononomy education programs is listed at the American Astronomical Society at this address:

American Astronomical Society

The American Astronomical Society (AAS), established 1899, is the major organization of professional astronomers in North America. The membership (~7,000) also includes physicists, mathematicians, geologists, engineers and others whose research interests lie within the broad spectrum of subjects now comprising contemporary astronomy. The mission of the American Astronomical Society is to enhance and share humanity's scientific understanding of the Universe. Read the full mission statement.

Astronomy Education Review

Astronomy Education Review (AER) was a web-based journal for everyone who works in astronomy and space science education. Published by the American Astronomical Society, the journal welcomed research papers, short articles on innovative work, and comparative reviews of resources related to education and outreach. All papers and articles are refereed.  Has not published since 2013.

Association for Astronomy Education

The Association for Astronomy Education (AAE) in an organization committed to excellence in Astronomy Education at all levels, in particular with a focus on K-12 students. Our membership consists mainly of educators with strong interests in using astronomy to enrich learning in their classrooms or other settings. We are committed to excellence in professional development of teachers and informal educators, as well as to sharing astronomy directly with K-12 students and the general public. The scope of our work extends beyond just astronomy, as we seek to encourage the use of connections between the excitement and engagement that astronomy can offer as a hook to learning in other Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines, and in fields outside of STEM education. In alignment with the National Science Education Standards we strive to encourage a shift in emphasis in astronomy and science education, away from content driven fact based knowledge towards content rich inquiry driven learning and understanding.

SETI Institute

"Our mission is to explore, understand, and explain the origin and nature of life in the universe, and to apply the knowledge gained to inspire and guide present and future generations. We have a passion for discovery, and for sharing knowledge as scientific ambassadors to the public, the press, and the government. 

The SETI Institute is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific research, education and public outreach.

The Institute comprises three centers, the Center for Education, the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe and the Center for Public Outreach.

Founded in November 1984, the SETI Institute began operations on February 1, 1985. Today it employs over 130 scientists, educators and support staff. Research at the Institute is anchored by three centers, the Center for Education, the Carl Sagan Center for the study of life in the universe, and the Center for Public Outreach.  Edna DeVore leads our Center for Education, Nathalie Cabrol is the Director of the Carl Sagan Center, Seth Shostak is Senior Astronomer. "

McDonald Observatory Teacher Workshops

 McDonald Observatory offers a unique setting for teacher workshops: the Observatory and Visitors Center in the Davis Mountains of West Texas.

Not only will you do inquiry-based activities aligned with science and mathematics TEKS and TAKS, you will practice your new astronomy skills under the Observatory's dark skies, weather permitting, and partner with trained and nationally recognized astronomy educators. NOTE: the deadline for applications for federally funded programs and scholarships is February 1, 2006. For more details visit:

The Planetary Society

We are dads, moms, grandparents, teachers, kids, scientists, engineers, and space geeks. We are those who reach out into the Universe to seek answers to those deep questions: Where did we come from?, and Are we alone?

We are wowed and awed by the discovery of new things, the mysteries of science, the innovations of technology, the bravery of astronauts, and by the stunning images sent back to us from other worlds.

We know that space exploration is vital to humankind...and it is just plain fun!

-Bill Nye, CEO

Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) Summer workshop training program for teachers has teachers working at the observatory in West Virginia or in Sorocco, New Mexico for eight weeks. A stipend is provided.

Hands On Universe (HOU)

This Lawrence Hall of Science and NSF sponsored program connects high school astronomy classes together from across the country. Through this program, students get access to image processing software and to a remotely controlled telescope that fufills requests based on a web form. If you can become involved in this program, you should. The current cohort of participants is investigating whether the style of workshop presentation has an effect on student learning.

Teacher Leaders in Research Based Science Education ARBSE

The Teacher Leaders in Research Based Science Education program is conducted by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) based in Tucson, Arizona. The program includes a two-week stay at Kitt Peak, home of several major observatories, and training, funding, and an online course through the University of Arizona. When you are accepted, they send you a 10 pound box of resource materials, many of which are classics in astronomy education. The purpose of the program is to incorporate current scientific research in the classrooms.   Now known as ARBSE.

Science Buddies

Hands-on scientific investigations are acknowledged to be the best way to teach science literacy. Science Buddies supports these activities by providing free science fair project ideas, answers, and tools to teachers, parents, and students from all walks of life. Our objective is to save our users' time while guiding them to a successful outcome.
By reducing the hassles of doing a science fair project, Science Buddies aspires to improve project quality and increase science fair participation, turning a good learning experience into a great one.

Science Buddies Link


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