(Credit: Club members meeting at the Science Museum Oklahoma in the Science Live Auditorium. Photo by Dave Huntz.)
Astronomy clubs across the country share the wonders of the sky all year long. Now museums from coast to coast are joining the fun. A new NASA project is raising the capacity of museums and informal science educators to engage the public in Heliophysics, Earth Science, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics, and their social dimensions through the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net).
See if a museum near you has received the newest Space Science kits and reach out to share your expertise and enthusiasm. It could be the beginning of a beautiful partnership, or a new chapter in a current collaboration.
One great example of a fruitful museum/astronomy club collaboration comes from Tom Arnold of the Science Museum Oklahoma. He is extremely enthusiastic about their partnership with the Oklahoma City Astronomy Club, who hold their monthly meetings at the museum and help out with events, including the recent So You Got a Telescope for Christmas workshop.
In many cases museums and astronomy clubs are a natural fit, as both organizations feature volunteers who love sharing their knowledge with the public. Plus, the docents of many museums often pull double duty as astronomy club members! Visit your local museum and check to see what kinds of programming they feature. Who knows- you may see some of the new NISE materials and want to volunteer at the musuem as well.
Last Updated: February 2, 2018
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