Thank you for your interest in My Sky Tonight, a program for bringing the excitement of astronomy to 3- to 5-year old museum visitors. This is the application for the four remaining My Sky Tonight online workshops:
  • September 19 - October 28, 2016
  • October 11 - November 18, 2016
  • January 17 - February 24, 2017
  • February 27 2016 - April 7 2017
The application had 15 questions and should take about 20 minutes to complete.

* 1. Please provide your preferred contact information. List the street address in North America where we should ship your Activity Toolkit. This should not be a P.O. box. List the email where you would like to receive messages related to the workshop.

* 2. Do you have coworkers at your institution who are also applying for this workshop? If so, please list their name(s) below. We welcome and encourage pairs of participants from the same institution, though we will ship a single toolkit of materials for each institution.

* 3. How would you categorize your institution?

* 4. What is your job title, and how do you spend most of your time at your job?

* 5. Do you:

* 6. How did you hear about My Sky Tonight? (check all that apply)

* 7. We are interested in working with educators with a range of experience. Please RATE your current comfort level in the following areas:

  1 (low comfort) 2 3 4 5 (high comfort)
Conducting activities and programs for 3- to 5-year-old children
Conducting activities and programs about astronomy
Conducting activities and programs for 3- to 5-year-old children about astronomy

* 8. Please describe your programming for 3- to 5-year-old children. What sort of programs do you offer, and how often do you work with this age group?

* 9. Please describe any astronomy programming your institution currently offers, including information about the audience for this programming. Current astronomy programming is not a requirement for participation in the workshop.

* 10. By participating in the workshop, you agree to log the use of My Sky Tonight activities at your institution for a period of at least one year, with a minimum of four events in that year. How will you incorporate the My Sky Tonight activities into your programs? For example, will you use them in a camp, as part of regularly scheduled storytime activities, in a family workshop, on the exhibit floor during busy times?

* 11. How will participating in the My Sky Tonight workshop benefit you and your institution?

* 12. Please choose the workshops you'd like to apply for, ranking them by your preference. Choose "1" for your first choice, and rank any additional choices in order of preference. If you are unavailable for a workshop, check the "N/A" box. The workshops will offer identical content so you need only apply to ONE, but choosing multiple options increases your chances of getting a space in one of them. We will do our best to accommodate your timing preferences.

* 13. The workshop will take place over six weeks, and will require 3 - 4 hours of your time each week. Most of the workshop activities can be done on your own time as it fits best into your schedule, except for a one-hour webinar each week at a time TBD. Are you able to commit 3 - 4 hours of your work time each week for the duration of the workshop?

* 14. Most of the workshop communication will take place through an online discussion forum. Each message that is posted in the forum will also be delivered to you via email. During the first week of the workshop, there may be about 10-15 messages per day as people post their introductions. In later weeks, this will vary from about 1 to about 10 messages per day depending on how active the discussions are. You can also read any of the message at any time by logging into the online forum, where they will be displayed in threads by topic.

What is your email delivery preference for forum messages?

* 15. Is there anything else you'd like us to know?

* 16. Select one category below which best identifies your racial/ethnic background (optional).

In order for your application to be considered complete, you need to return the Institutional Endorsement Form with the signature of your supervisor or director to certify your institution's support of your participation. You can send it in via mail, fax, or email - see instructions on the form.
Once you have completed your application, click the "done" button below to submit it to the selection committee. Thanks for your interest in My Sky Tonight!