Free Astronomy Workshops Offered

UC Riverside astronomers are accepting requests from elementary, middle and high schools for free astronomy workshops

children making astronomy crafts

The UC Riverside Physics and Astronomy Department is now accepting requests for astronomy workshops at elementary, middle and high schools.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — The University of California, Riverside Physics and Astronomy Department is accepting requests from elementary, middle and high schools for free astronomy workshops in the coming months.

The workshops will be held from March 28 until May 27, 2016. Requests for a workshop must be submitted by March 27.

To request a workshop visit, review the brochure that describes the different workshops and fill out the online form.

Workshop topics include: extraterrestrial life, pre-Hispanic constellations, stars with origami, solar system mobile, smelling the universe, touching the universe, sounds of the universe, building water-powered rockets, solar telescope observations, night telescope observations and astrophotography.

Due to constraints, not all requests for workshops can be accommodated. Requests must be submitted at least 3 weeks in advance.

The workshops, which are given by UC Riverside faculty members, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students, were started over a year ago and have reached more than 2,500 students at more than 25 schools.

The workshops are designed to follow California’s Common Core State Standards for science. Depending on the workshops and the number of students involved, UC Riverside may be able to partially cover the cost of materials from funding received through a National Science Foundation grant.

The workshops are available for deaf and blind students. English is the main language for the workshops, but, upon request, they can be delivered in Spanish.

For more information contact Mario De Leo-Winkler, a postdoctoral researcher in astrophysics who specializes in public outreach and education of science at UC Riverside, at or 951-255-9706.

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