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Paper: Using IYA to Bring the Universe Down to Earth in the Metro DC Area
Volume: 431, Science Education and Outreach: Forging a Path to the Future
Page: 363
Authors: Krishnamurthi, A.; Lochner, J. C.; Conaty, C.; Eyermann, S.; Ferrell, T.; Gliba, G.; Griswold, B.; Masetti, M.; Mitchell, S.; Reddy, F.; Toth, T.; VanDoren, A.
Abstract: The Astrophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center utilized the 100 Hours of Astronomy effort to pilot innovative ideas to reach new audiences and engage the local community. These events successfully engaged partners across Goddard and brought new audiences to Goddard and NASA during this International Year of Astronomy. During the week, we engaged professional astronomers, out-of-school-time educators, career counselors and local area K-12 teachers. The weekend events were targeted at families and the general public. In addition to bringing people to Goddard with events at the Goddard Visitors Center, we staged some events out in our local community. We discuss how we obtained center-wide engagement and participation in this effort and the impact of this cross-disciplinary outreach.
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