The Education and Public Outreach Team leads a variety of outreach programs. When and where we can, we would love to participate in your STEM event whether in person or virtually. If you are a K-12 teacher in West Virginia, we encourage you to take advantage of our Science Public Outreach Team, a group of enthusiastic undergraduate students who deliver interactive presentations and hands-on activities about science happening in the mountain state. We partner with the West Virginia Alliance for STEM and the Arts on STEAM Trek, a virtual STEAM festival celebrating West Virginia STEM and the arts.
Bring Science and Engineering to Your School with WV SPOT!
The Green Bank Observatory partners with NASA and the West Virginia Space Grant Consortium to bring standards-based science presentations to your West Virginia classrooms! Trained college ambassadors visit K-12 classrooms with interactive presentations and hands-on activities through the West Virginia Science Public Outreach Team (WV SPOT).
WV SPOT increases K-12 student and teacher awareness of and interest in STEM research, programs, and careers in West Virginia, and students gain valuable exposure to college role models.
We train our college ambassadors at Green Bank Observatory in the immersive environment of the Quiet Zone. They learn in-depth science content knowledge, and they gain important “21st century skills,” such as science communication, public speaking, autonomy, and ability to adapt.
Visit the WV SPOT website to learn more! WV Educators – formal and informal – can submit a request for a WV SPOT Ambassador to visit their school or organization, and college students can sign up to become Ambassadors.
Not a WV resident and want to become involved? Read our publication about how to start SPOT in your own region!
We provide virtual field trips, and real-time demos using a robotic telescope to all educational organizations including classrooms , clubs and amateur astronomy groups. All educational activities are free.
If you have any questions not answered here or would like to request a virtual learning experience, contact our education team using the form at the bottom of this page. If you have any questions before requesting a visit, please contact us at gro.y1708601931rotav1708601931resbo1708601931bg@sn1708601931oitav1708601931reser1708601931.
General members of the public can sign up for virtual tours through the events calendar. Virtual visits are offered to educational groups of five or more participants only.