Education Committee Blog

The AAS Education Committee would like to welcome you to our blog, launched in February 2021. Thanks to so many of you in the astronomy education community, there are many materials, programs, resources, and discussion forums for teaching and learning astronomy. Our goal is to create a “value-added” way to highlight education-related activities supported by the AAS and others that may be of interest to AAS members. Blog posts include deeper dives into topics of interest and connect readers with additional resources.

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All articles are also shared via the Education Committee’s Twitter account and as part of the biweekly AAS Digest that all members already get in their inboxes.

We also welcome topic suggestions and other feedback or submissions to contribute an article to the blog.

Number of Astronomy Majors at an All-Time High

12 Oct 2021
The astronomy roster report from the American Institute of Physics shows that the number of astronomy bachelor’s degrees awarded at US institutions is at an all-time high, with 820 degrees conferred in the class of 2020...

Shaw-IAU Workshop on Astronomy for Education

28 Sep 2021
The 3rd Shaw-IAU Workshop on Astronomy for Education will be held 12-15 October 2021. It will be a fully online experience with prerecorded talks and live discussions. The deadline to register is 12 October.

Astronomy: A Free, Online Astro 101 Textbook

28 Sep 2021
This guest post by Andy Fraknoi talks about "Astronomy", a free, online textbook; that is now in use in Astro 101 classes at over 1,100 institutions and has over half a million student readers.

Latest Call: AAS-EPD Mini-Grant Program

20 Jul 2021
The Education Committee invites proposals from US-based AAS members to provide education-related mentoring and professional-development experiences for fellow members. Proposal deadline: 9 August.