NASE PG is a program for post-graduates. The main objective of NASE is to educate new generations of teachers and re-educate the current ones. We work with university professors in order to train future teachers and we cooperate with the departments of education in order to train experienced primary and secondary school teachers. NASE created a basic course for training teachers aiming at:
1) teaching astronomy to teachers
2) teaching teachers how to teach astronomy
At the same time, we work with university professors to introduce them to new methods of teaching astronomy.
The topics of â€œthe basic NASE courseâ€ are as follows: position astronomy, solar system, exoplanets, spectrography, photometry, spectroscopy, determination of absolute magnitudes, potency of stars, nucleosynthesis, star evolution and cosmology.
Yet NASE is not only about visiting a country once and leaving the scene. The main goal is to set up in each country a local group of NASE members who carry on teaching â€œthe basic NASE courseâ€ every year and create new courses by using NASE materials.
We generated a 280 page book that includes all the materials for the basic course and a CD with the contents in color and all the power points for the course. Both are written in English and Spanish.
NASE has also created a repository website for astronomy materials for teachers, which include activities, animations, articles, photos, games, simulations, interactive programs and videos in English and Spanish.
Chair: Rosa M. Ros (Spain). Vice-chair: Beatriz GarcÃa (Argentina)