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Paper: The Next Generation of NASA Night Sky Network: A Searchable Nationwide Database of Astronomy Events
Volume: 431, Science Education and Outreach: Forging a Path to the Future
Page: 456
Authors: Ames, Z.; Berendsen, M.; White, V.
Abstract: With support from NASA, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) first developed the Night Sky Network (NSN) in 2004. The NSN was created in response to research conducted by the Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI) to determine what type of support amateur astronomers could use to increase the efficiency and extent of their educational outreach programs. Since its creation, the NSN has grown to include an online searchable database of toolkit resources, Presentation Skills Videos covering topics such as working with kids and how to answer difficult questions, and a searchable nationwide calendar of astronomy events that supports club organization. The features of the NSN have allowed the ASP to create a template that amateur science organizations might use to create a similar support network for their members and the public.
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