Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP).
This program, in its fourth year, brings amateur astronomers, planetarium personnel, and astronomy educators to several U.S.-funded astronomy observatories in Chile. While there, ambassadors will receive behind-the-scenes tours of some of the world’s most productive and advanced telescopes, including in-depth information on their instruments and discoveries.
ACEAP is a collaborative project of Associated Universities, Inc., the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, National Optical Astronomy Observatory, and Gemini Observatory. ACEAP was initially funded in 2015 as a two-year pilot program by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Due to its success, NSF decided to fund the program for an additional two years.
To be eligible for this program, individuals must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Ambassadors may be either amateur astronomers, kindergarten through college (formal and informal) educators who teach astronomy as part of their curriculum or program, planetarium educators, or others who communicate astronomy to the public.
The ACEAP partners will select eight ambassadors from across the United States and its territories for the excursion, which will begin on 10 June 2018 and continue through 18 June 2018. This nine-day expedition (not including travel time between the U.S. and Chile) will include stops at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO), Gemini-South Observatory, and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).