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Bronx Institute Partners with Local Schools to Launch NASA-Sponsored Astrophysics Program

April 15, 2010

Bronx Institute's GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) students will soon have the opportunity to learn the rudiments of astrophysics, thanks to a new professional development program for public school teachers sponsored by NASA. "Afterschool Universe" is an out-of-school time program that aims to strengthen math and science education among middle school students.

Using a "Universe Kit" that includes craft supplies to make models, perform experiments, and even working lab equipment, teachers will incorporate a hands-on, project-based approach to studying the size and distance of planets from each other, the life cycle of stars, black holes, and the atomic elements present in space.

"By studying astrophysics concepts in middle school, GEAR UP students will discover how science contributes to our understanding of the mysteries of the universe," said Prof. Herminio Martinez, executive director of the Bronx Institute. The project is part of a partnership between local schools and the Bronx Institute.