Afterschool Universe is an out-of-school-time astronomy program tailored for middle school students who are fascinated by the cosmos and topics such as star birth, star death, and black holes. However, they rarely have an opportunity to explore that interest as the middle school curriculum does not typically address these topics.
Afterschool Universe was developed to fill this niche as the middle school years are a critical time in the development of attitudes about science and career options, especially in girls. By increasing involvment and by offering astronomy programming in out-of-school-time, where schedules are less constrained, we can engage students in science and keep them interested.
There is a tremendous potential for teaching science and astronomy in the afterschool setting. Young people spend a large percentage of their time out of school and many of them do so in unstructured and unsupervised ways. Afterschool programs often reach those who most need additional help and can be offered in a variety of settings where the students go when the school day is over.
Unlike the other programs, students do not apply to Afterschool Universe directly, but rather institutions register for the program to be brought to their school.
If you are interested in registering your school, head over to our contact page and send us a message!