Attend a Free Workshop on Astronomy and Maya Culture

“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 in “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, including museums, science centers, community leaders, parks, astronomical societies, Latino cultural organizations, and libraries. During the workshop, participants will interact with experts in NASA science and Maya astronomy and culture.

The same two-day workshop will be held in five locations throughout the United States: Los Angeles (December 16–17), Chicago (January 27–28), Miami (February 9–10), Phoenix (February 24–25), and Houston (date to be determined).

We are currently accepting applications for the Los Angeles workshop, which will be held December 16–17, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Lunch and snacks will be provided. The workshop is free of charge, and we are accepting participants by application. Travel funding is not available, and we will be giving preference to local applicants. The deadline for applying for this workshop is Friday, December 2, 2011. We will inform you of your application status on Monday, December 5, 2011.

If you are interested in being notified when applications open for the Chicago, Miami, Phoenix, or Houston workshops, please fill out a request form.