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Oct 10, 2017

YouthAstroNet is a national STEM learning community of both students and educators. This National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research project aims to engage females and underrepresented minorities in authentic, student driven, STEM investigations through the use of our MicroObservatory online telescopes. (Please open attached document)

We Want YOU!

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is seeking enthusiastic educators of middle-school-age youth to join our Youth Astronomy Network (YouthAstroNet).

YouthAstroNet is an NSF-funded research project to create and study a nationwide online learning community of grades 5-8 students, educators, and STEM mentors that features remotely-controlled, online telescopes from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and complementary resources and activities. Using the MicroObservatory Robotic Telescope Network youth and their adult program facilitators can take their own images to explore the Moon, Sun, planets, stars, and galaxies; and then do hands-on activities to investigate more about space, and the technologies that operate the robotic telescopes. Project staff will provide all resources necessary for you and your students' participation.

Educators chosen to take part in the project must be willing to participate in the research study that is associated with the program, and will receive $250 for this participation. 

Important Dates

Application Deadline:  October 10, 2017

Informational Webinar: September 29 at 3:30pm ET (Please click this URL to start or


Asynchronous Training (with webinars available live and recorded): October 16th-27th

If you are interested in participating, please complete the following brief survey:


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