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Project ASTRO

K-12 Science Teachers

Project ASTRO

An ASP Legacy Program

Project ASTRO is a national program that improves the teaching of astronomy and physical science by linking professional and amateur astronomers with local educators. Each astronomer is matched with an educator in a one-on-one partnership and commits to visiting the educator’s students at least four times during the school year. Over 500 active educator-astronomer partnerships currently bring the excitement of scientific discovery through astronomy to over 20,000 students annually.

The main focus of Project ASTRO educator-astronomer partnerships is hands-on, inquiry-based activities that put students in the position of acting like scientists – as they come to understand more about the universe (and science in general).

Discover how one graduate student from San Francisco State University found Project ASTRO to be a stepping stone for her future career in STEM starting from an early age.

Use the links below for the history of the program, cities or regions where it is operating, and the excellent teaching materials it has generated

Project ASTRO: History & Evolution

Family ASTRO

The Project ASTRO National Network

Publications and Materials from Project ASTRO

Sample Activities and Resource Guides


We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Informal Science Education Division of the National Science Foundation, NASA’s Offices of Space Science and Education, the Banbury Fund, the Clark Foundation, and the many other companies, foundations, and individuals from around the country who have generously helped Project ASTRO achieve such tremendous success.

Special acknowledgement is also given to Astronomy Magazine for their support of the National Network of ASTRO sites around the country through in-kind donations and help with program promotion.