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STEM Educational Resources for Teachers

Skynet Junior Scholars
Through Skynet Junior Scholars and a simple internet connection, young people can conduct all kinds of astronomy investigations with world-class telescopes in the US, Chile AND Australia. Suitable for middle school and older youth in 4-H clubs, afterschool and museum programs. Youth in  out-of-school-time programs may participate in SJS after teachers and youth leaders complete a SJS professional development workshop.

Space Public Outreach Team (SPOT)
Supported through a joint partnership between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and NASA, the West Virginia Space Public Outreach Team (SPOT) recruits and trains college presenters to bring presentations about current West Virginia space science, technology, and engineering to West Virginia K-12 classrooms, museums, and youth programs.

Research Experience for Teachers (RET)
(Note: Not funded at this time, but may be in future.) An NSF sponsored program that gives K-12 teachers research experience by providing "summer jobs" working alongside a NRAO astronomer or engineer in Socorro, NM or Green Bank, WV.

Chautauqua Short Courses
An NSF sponsored program consisting of 3-day intensive workshops for undergraduate college faculty held in Green Bank, West Virginia and Socorro, New Mexico.

Galileo Teacher Training Program
Our Education and Public Outreach team in Santiago de Chile leads the Chilean arm of this international teacher training program.

Bringing Your Class to the VLA: Maximizing the Educational Experience
How to arrange guided tours of the VLA for your class, and how to use the VLA, both before and after the tour, as a means of bringing real-world science into classroom activities.

Green Bank StarQuest Star Party
Get continuing education credits from the NRAO during the annual StarQuest Start Party at our Green Bank Science Center every July. Talks, "how to" sessions, and sharing--not to mention some great night-time observing. Organized by the Central Appalachian Astronomy Club, the Kanawha Valley Astronomical Society, and the NRAO.

StarLab Portable Planetarium
Green Bank will loan its StarLab to teachers who have completed a one-day training session. We prefer to hold training for small groups of teachers at once. Contact Sue Ann Heatherly to request training at your school!

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