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Afterschool Universe training

Updated on June 19, 2018 - 4:48 PM CDT
Posted on June 19, 2018 - 4:46 PM CDT

7/18/2018 (Wed)- 11:00 PM to 7/20/2018 - 3:00 PM CDT

Tags: After School | Training / Workshop | Curriculum / Lesson Plan / Activity | Print Materials / Products | Informal Working Group | Astrophysics | Heliophysics | Planetary Science

Event information

Would you like to take middle school children beyond the solar system? With Afterschool Universe you can!

Afterschool Universe is a freely available curriculum for an out-of-school-time astronomy program for middle school students (roughly grades 6-8 or ages 11-14) developed by NASA. Using hands-on activities and interdisciplinary teaching techniques, it explores basic astronomy concepts and takes participants on a journey through the universe. Afterschool Universe offers an opportunity to run a well-tested and easily implemented program in your own local community.  Designed for flexible implementation, it can be run as a science club, a summer camp, as a regular afterschool program, or many other formats.  The materials to run this program mostly consist of stuff that is easily obtainable at the grocery store, Kmart, etc., with only a few materials that need to be purchased at specialized retailers.

If this sounds interesting to you, check out the resources on our website ( or consider joining us at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD for an upcoming training on July 19-20.

This will be a 2-day comprehensive, in-person training that will prepare you to lead our program or train others to do so.  It is free to all participants, and contingent upon sufficient signups.  We cover a lot of material in this time, so please plan to be on time and stay all day on both days.  Unfortunately, at this time there is no way to participate in this training at a distance.  After successfully completing this training, you will receive a certificate which documents your participation.  The deadline for registration is June 27.

Please note that we cannot cover travel expenses if you need to travel to attend one of these trainings.  Also please note that due to government facility security considerations, we will only be accepting US Citizens for this training.  You can sign up for this training on our website at

As an additional note, Afterschool Universe is targeted at kids in out-of-school-time programs in the middle-school age range (rising fifth graders to eighth graders). While anybody can attend this training or use the resources, this training will be tailored towards people that work with those groups.

Find out more about Afterschool Universe and view the available online resources at

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Eyermann at



  • Carolyn  Ng Carolyn Ng

    Posted: June 19, 2018 by Carolyn Ng at 4:48 PM CDT

    Please note: 

    1. The deadline for registration is June 27. 
    2. Selected applicants will have to pay for their own travel and lodging.