The IAU Office of Astronomy for Education is the International Astronomical Union’s office dedicated to astronomy for primary and secondary education.

OAE Objectives

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Professionalize astronomy education

Help astronomers, astronomy educators and teachers world-wide to gain the skills they need in order to communicate about astronomy in primary and secondary schools in a professional and effective manner.

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Provide access to good resources

Make available excellent and effective resources for teaching about astronomical topics, internationally, under open licenses, and easy-to-find.

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Promote astronomy in curricula

Support efforts to include more astronomy in national or regional curricula.

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OAE Networking

Create, maintain and grow a network of associates in support of the OAE mission.

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Spread the news

Inform all relevant stakeholders and communities about OAE activities, and about ways of collaborating with us.

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Interested in working with the OAE Office of Astronomy for Education? Then get in touch.

Latest OAE News

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Big Ideas in Astronomy 2.0 Released Online

What does it mean when we say someone has a solid basic knowledge of astronomy? This is the question that inspired the project Big Ideas in Astronomy: A Proposed Definition of Astronomy literacy. A new version of Big Ideas in Astronomy is now available, including translations into six languages.

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IAU Astronomy Education Gets Boost with the Foundation of the OAE Center Cyprus and OAE Node Nepal

The OAE's global network expands to include a new OAE Center in Cyprus and an OAE Node in Nepal

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OAE Main Office

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Read up on the slides of the 2019 Shaw Prize-IAU Workshop and on other documents on the definition and plans of the OAE.

Steering Committee

Meet our steering committee – the supervisory body of the OAE.