Outreach Programs & Events

The NRAO Education and Public Outreach Department is developing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) programs for our 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.

Featured Programs

Radio Astronomy and Physics Day Camp in New Mexico (RAP-NM)

RAP-NM will endeavor to inspire and enrich rising 9th graders by providing a seven-day immersive science inquiry experience. Through simulated research experiences, inspirational talks from working scientists and mentors, small and whole group interactive investigations, and enrichment activities RAP-NM will provide the rising 9th grader with a look into the scientific world of research and discovery. (The camps is available only for NM residents.)

Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP)

The ACEAP is an AUI-led National Science Foundation (NSF 1439408) funded program that brings experienced astronomy communicators to Chile for a two-week immersion course on the NSF-funded astronomical facilities thriving there. The ACEAP Ambassadors return to the U.S. and are required to share their experiences via several large-scale outreach programs/products delivered to diverse audiences.

Sister Cities and Observatories (SCO)

SCO is a collaboration with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), and the schools surrounding the Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico and ALMA in San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. This program seeks to reinforce the school curriculum through STEAM activities and encourage cooperation between students and teachers in both countries. A commitment and involvement will be required by students and school teachers to travel, participate in shared research experiences and become ambassadors in their respective local schools.

SPIDER 300A Radio Telescope

Our STEAM Education Team uses the PrimaLuceLab, 3-meter, Spider 300A telescope in our local New Mexico programs for middle and high school students. The Spider 300A was installed in January 2018.


There are no upcoming events at this time.