Wanting to Do Better Outreach with Students and the Public
The ASP recently held this series at the AAS Meeting in January 2020. We have plans to offer this series in the future at the ASP.
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) sponsored a free skill-building workshop -- and an ongoing community of practice -- to support early-career astronomers in providing effective outreach to schools, families, and the public. Working with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the Portal to the Public Project, and other outreach organizations, the AAS Astronomy Ambassadors program (now in its eighth year) offered two days of hands-on training, extensive resources, and pre-tested activities – plus the opportunity to join a like-minded group of peers.
Graduate studenst, postdocs, recent faculty, or advanced undergraduate committed to a career in the astronomical sciences, or those interested in spending a fraction of your time helping students and the public become more scientifically literate, were able to sharpen their outreach skills and join the growing AAS Astronomy Ambassadors community.
The AAS Astronomy Ambassadors workshop was held on the Friday and Saturday before the start of the winter AAS meeting in Honolulu, January 2020. Participants spent two active days learning techniques, examining selected materials, and getting to know each other and an existing community of astronomers doing outreach. There were sessions appropriate for those who have done outreach already and for those who are just beginners. No experience required. Participation was encouraged by members of groups underrepresented in science.
More information about the AAS Astronomy Ambassadors program.
More information about the workshop content.