NA-ROAD Projects

Women and Girls in Astronomy Program

The Women and Girls in Astronomy Program (WGAP) inspires and supports women, girls, and underrepresented genders in the field of astronomy. The 2024 call for proposals is now open! With the $2000 USD mini-grants awarded by the NA-ROAD, and sponsored by the Heising Simons Foundation, project leads will tackle diverse astronomy for development challenges in their communities. In 2023, ten unique astronomy for development projects were funded aimed at addressing and challenging the underrepresentation of women and girls in astronomy from a variety of perspectives. 

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Accessible Astronomy Software for All

Using touch to see astronomical images

The goal of Accessible Astronomy Software for All is to provide an astronomy image analysis software tool, training, and user support for individuals in high-needs areas and traditionally underrepresented groups. Afterglow Access, a product of the NSF-funded IDATA project is a web-based astronomy image analysis tool that can be used by individuals (middle school and up) to view and analyze astronomical images. In addition, the software tool is, in part, blind and visually impaired accessible, and is available free via any web browser. Further, the software tool is being made available in both English and Spanish.  

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