Winter 2017 – Request a Free Astronomy Workshop

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Astronomy Workshops for K-12 Public Schools


The Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCR announces a call K-12 public schools to request an astronomy workshop for Winter 2017.

Workshops have been implemented for two years and over 6,000 students have enjoyed the wonders of the Universe, through talks, interactive activities and telescope viewings. The activities are offered free of charge and are given by postdoctoral scholars, graduate students and faculty members of UC Riverside. Workshops are designed following California’s New Generation Science Standards. Depending on the requested workshop and the number of students that will be taking it, UC Riverside may be able to partially or totally cover the cost of materials thanks to a National Science Foundation grant by Prof. Gillian Wilson, Prof. George Becker, and by the FIELDS Program lead by Prof. Bahram Mobasher.

Workshops are offered to the Riverside, San Bernardino, Valverde, Perris and adjacent school districts. The activities are available in English and Spanish.


For Winter 2017 we have added 2 workshops:

  • Touching the Universe, where students get to interact with real meteorites, discovering different weights, colors, magnetic properties, physical properties, etc.
  • The Spiral Universe, where students draw the very recognizable pattern of spiral galaxies.
  • Refer to the brochure to know more about the different workshops.


  • December 5: call sent out
  • December 9: sign your school up (a link will appear on this website that day)
  • December 14: deadline to request a workshop
  • December 16: selected schools will be contacted


Please take the following considerations before applying for a workshop during Winter 2017:

  • Offered only on Mondays (2017):
    • January 30
    • February 6, 13, 20, 27
    • March 6, 13, 20, 27
  • Priority will be given to schools that request the same workshop be presented in two, three or four classrooms during the same day (60 – 140 students).
  • Refer to the brochure to know more about the different workshops.