After School Programming: Intro to Astronomy: Pinhead Institute

After School Programming: Intro to Astronomy: Pinhead Institute

This program was created to be paired with preexisting programming within informal learning environments. At the Pinhead institute, an introduction to astronomy was incorporated into a variety of after-school programs, including a weekly two-hour after-school program for participants in third through sixth grade using a Q&A-method of instruction. A Mad Labs program for kindergarten through fifth grade students delves into topics such as constellations and space travel, and Maker Mondays help participants create models of the Solar System using papier-mâché.

This program model was developed by the Pinhead Institute in Telluride, Colorado.

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Children at a table with books, laptops and astronomical cards
Children engaged in a hands on activity
Pinhead Institute Programming sign


This program model introduces children living in rural areas to astronomy using Smithsonian and NASA resources. Gain insight into the Solar System and our Milky Way galaxy, exoplanets, and other galaxies.


Adapt this program for a virtual setting if you cannot meet in person.

This program is targeted to reach students in third through sixth grades.

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