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ASTR 492: Directed Research- Science teaching and outreach

Fall 2019 and Spring 2020- 2 units per semester

This science outreach experience will cover concepts and practices in effective science communication, as well as practical experience teaching upper elementary students in local schools. The class will provide initial background in pedagogy, student management, and group facilitation, as well as cover principles of inquiry and place-based education. Throughout the semester you will work alongside UA Sky School staff at local schools, receiving regular mentoring in both science and education skills.

Student learning outcomes:

  • Increased skills in communicating general science principles and conducting scientific inquiry projects
  • Gain practical experience in designing and teaching engaging science lessons to youth
  • Gain general understanding of state and national science standards for public education

Student Responsibilities per semester

  • Attend bi-weekly Monday morning class for training, to discuss practical work, and reflect on skills and knowledge gained
  • Maintain a weekly journal, reflecting on learning and activities
  • Spend 6 to 9 half-days working alongside Sky School staff at area schools in which you will lead a small group of students in conducting their own scientific inquiry project. Activities are outdoors from 8 AM – 1 PM, and always on Mondays and Fridays.
  • Conduct 3 additional visits to classrooms (flexible dates and times) to conduct pre-written Sky School lessons with students
  • Attend 2-3 evening star parties in which you will lead pre-written astronomy activities
  • Write an end of semester summary of activities addressing 1) skills and knowledge gained or increased, 2) benefits and challenges experienced, and 3) recommendations for improvements


  • Junior or senior standing, or completion of general education science requirements
  • STEM major (or astronomy experience) not required

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