“Calendar in the Sky” is a NASA-funded project led by the UC Berkeley Center for Science Education at the Space Sciences Laboratory to engage the American public in NASA science (space exploration, astronomy, planetary and Earth sciences, etc.) via the broad interest in Maya culture.
This project emphasizes the interplay of science and culture embodied by Maya calendars and addresses misconceptions about the Maya. It also uses NASA resources to inform the public about the astronomical basis of the Maya calendar system and dispels misconceptions about the year 2012.
We are providing free professional development trainings for informal educators to:
- increase their familiarity with “Calendar in the Sky” topics and resources;
- learn about and share best practices in public programming for Latinos in informal settings;
- get ideas for an informal education event or program around astronomy, Maya culture, and the year 2012; and
- create opportunities for networking between participants (especially with Latino community members), allowing for future interactions and/or collaborations.
These trainings are intended for informal educators from a broad range of venues: museums, science centers, community leaders, parks, astronomical societies, Latino cultural organizations, libraries, etc. During the workshop, participants will interact with experts in NASA science and Maya astronomy and culture.
These two-day workshops will be held as follows:
- Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, Chicago, IL, January 27–28, 2012 (apply by January 16, 2012)
- Miami Science Museum, Miami, FL, February 9–10, 2012 (apply by January 20, 2012)
- Arizona Science Center, Phoenix, AZ, February 24–25, 2012 (apply by February 3, 2012)
- Space Center Houston, Houston, TX, March 9–10, 2012 (apply by February 17, 2012)
Lunch and snacks will be provided. The workshops are free of charge, and we are accepting participants by application. Travel funding is not available, and we will be giving preference to local applicants. Apply for a workshop.