A Program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education
Journey through the Universe
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Nogales, Arizona: 2001. Journey through the Universe programming is easily customizable to community strategic interests, and offers a framework for community-wide participation. As an example, the Local Team in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, wanted to use their Family and Public Programs to attract participation by research and science education organizations from across the state.

Pictured is a family science evening held March 2001 in Santa Cruz County attended by over 1,500 parents and children. Before the presentation by Visiting Researcher Dr. Jeff Goldstein, the attendees were able to walk to over 30 stations spread out across two gymnasiums at a local high school, each station providing hands-on science activities for families as shown in the photo. The Local Team had invited research and science education organizations statewide to come and do the activities with the families. It was a great way for these organizations to interact with the community, and to provide an understanding of their missions and the programs they offer. After the presentation, the local area amateur astronomers treated attendees to telescopic viewing of the night sky.