Program Goals

WWT Workshop participants look at the Universe in 3D
using WWT at ASP workshop, San Jose, CA. July 23, 2013.
Photo by C. Wong.

WWT Ambassadors booth at AAS Family Science Days, February 2013.

WorldWide Telescope is a powerful astronomy visualization tool that can be used by anyone from children to professional astronomers. 

Because of our diverse audiences, the WWTA program goals are broad:

  • use WWT as a tool to teach astronomy and physics concepts and scientific skills; and to
  • generate interest and enthusiasm for learning science.

Ambassador Recruitment:

We recruit and train volunteer Ambassadors who help facilitate the use of WWT in educational settings like schools, science festivals, and museums.  Anyone with demonstrated knowledge and interest in astronomy and physics can become an Ambassador.  Teachers may choose to receive training directly and/or have an Ambassador come work with them in their classes.  Please contact us for more information.

Grant Proposals and Expansion Plans:

We have two pending grant proposals to the US Dept of Education and NSF Cyberlearning to fund the creation of standards-based WWT visualization labs that align with middle school science curricula, and we are planning additional proposals to expand WWTA across the US.  Download a copy of our NSF Cyberlearning proposal, submitted in collaboration with colleagues at the CfA's Science Education Department and Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

NSF WWT Visualization Labs Proposal (pdf)4.44 MB