UCLA Astronomy Outreach
The graduate students at UCLA have recently started an outreach program to inform the community about our amazing universe called Astronomy Live!. I am a founder, as well as co-coordinator of our outreach group along with with fellow graduate student Gregory Mace. Our main goal is to travel to local schools with hands on activities for the students to teach them about different aspects of our universe; from our Sun to far away galaxies. All of this will be offered free of charge. Please visit our website for more information.
As well, we put on an annual astronomy open house called Exploring Your Universe open to the public. Our first one was on Novemeber 14th, 2009 on UCLA's campus. This is a FREE annual event that includes hands on activities, demonstrations, scientific talks, planetarium shows and more. Many other departments on campus, such as Earth and Space Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences, and the Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology participate in this event. Exploring Your Universe takes place every year in the Fall on the UCLA campus. For more information please visit here .
[Top left picture: The Sun activity had solar telescopes for participants. Bottom left picture: Demonstraters made "comets" and discussed how they form in our solar system. Bottom right picture: The galaxies workshop showed participants the different types of galaxies and how far away different objects were]