The ASTRA Program

Ignited’s Accelerating Science and Technology Research and Academics (ASTRA) Program has its foundations in a decades-long program we’ve been running with Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley to provide hundreds of middle and high school teachers and students with authentic research experiences. We’re expanding the program to new universities, labs, and companies starting in 2021.

The ASTRA Program has three main objectives:

Share the excitement of research and academic careers with students from all backgrounds

Connecting research labs to middle and high school classrooms helps students from every community understand the variety of career possibilities academic and industry research offers.

Promote the scientific research process

Teachers work directly in research labs with Principal Investigators and their teams to build a deeper understanding of the research process, then they develop lesson plans to bring those experiences back to their students.

Nurture ongoing relationships with researchers

Keeping researchers and teachers connected builds students’ enthusiasm for science, technology, and academics and helps them self-identify with possible careers. Classroom visits, internships, joint projects, and other activities are mapped out with each team.

As we build relationships with research teams at a variety of universities and national laboratories, your teams have the opportunity to support the next generation of scientists and researchers. Download the one-page program overview to learn more.

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