For professional educators, teaching astronomy can be a challenge. Most schools do not have their own planetarium or observatory facilities, and teachers are not always comfortable with astronomical concepts. Field trips to a planetarium can inspire students and help them visualize the workings of our universe. Visiting a local observatory or club observing event allows students the opportunity to see celestial wonders such as mountains on the Moon and the Rings of Saturn first-hand — trust us when we say the experience is much more powerful than seeing pictures on a movie or website.
Families who educate their children at home enjoy a lot of flexibility in activities and schedule. This is something that fits very well with the observing activities offered with amateur astronomy clubs. Planetarium visits and observatory tours are also a lot more accessible to students in a home-school environment. Parents, take advantage of the opportunities in your local area to give your children an up-close and personal experience with the stars.
Many youth groups such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have astronomy-related badges or certificates. Amateur astronomy clubs can provide mentors to help with the requirements and activities for those achievements. Some planetaria have programs geared specifically for this as well.