For more than 100 years, the ASP, a 501c3 nonprofit astronomy organization headquartered in San Francisco, has inspired professionals, researchers, educators, amateurs, and armchair astronomers to look up and wonder about the place in the universe, and about what the universe can teach and tell us.
Around the world, in classrooms, museums, planetariums, national parks, state parks, nature centers, astronomy clubs, city sidewalks, online and their own backyard, the ASP fosters scientific curiosity, advances science literacy, and shares the excitement of exploration and discovery.
They design and deliver innovative astronomy toolkits, programs, publications and education guides in the mission to inspire youth and adults across the economic spectrum in support of their success as science, technology and academic leaders.
The ASP partners with NASA, AAS, National Science Foundation, and other leading professional and educational organizations in North America and overseas. Funding also comes from generous ASP members and donors committed to advancing science literacy through astronomy.
At the ASP, they:
Connect scientists, educators, amateur astronomers and the public.
Share the results of astronomical research and news through the publications.
Design and deliver professional development, services and toolkits to educators.
Organize a national forum for science and science education through the annual meeting.
Recognize excellence in astronomy and astronomy education through the awards.
Communicate the excitement of astronomy and science to the public.
Professional astronomers through the publications and connections.
Education & public outreach professionals through the national meetings and collaborations.
Communicators through the materials, programs and expertise.
K-12 teachers through the networks, resources and training programs.
Informal educators through the networks, materials and workshop opportunities.
Amateur astronomers through the networks, training and outreach tools.
Public audiences through the resources, outreach programs and memberships.
Grow the programs, networks and publications to connect the diverse audiences and stakeholders.
Build on the recognized leadership in using astronomy to advance science literacy, engagement and connectivity.
Strengthen the organizational foundation based on an agile, integrated and multi-faceted approach to science education and public outreach.
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