The NRAO Education and Public Outreach Department is developing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) programs for local and national outreach efforts. Our initiatives focus on designing and delivering engaging radio astronomy programs and products for the general public, K-12 students, and formal and informal educators. We are also developing innovative methods to explore the intersection of art and science. NRAO has opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU). Learn more about the ODI programs: the National Astronomy Consortium (NAC), the National and International Non-Traditional Exchange (NINE) program, and Hampton University NINE Hub.
African American Teaching Fellows STEAM ED Think Tank (AATF)
The mission of African American Teaching Fellows (AATF) is to recruit, support, develop, and retain a cadre of African American teachers to serve the schools in Charlottesville City and Albemarle County, Virginia, where the diversity of the instructional staff is significantly lower compared to the student population. NRAO and AATF began a partnership in 2018 to develop science-based, interdisciplinary-intended lessons created by teachers, for teachers, to bring radio astronomy into the classroom. Due to COVID-19, AATF fellows were unable to test the resulting lessons in the classroom during the 2019-2020 school year; however, we are optimistic that this will be possible by June 2021. In the meantime, we welcome any and all K-12 teachers who would be interested in using these activities with their students.