The students, from Sydney Girls High, are part of the ‘Space to Grow' program, which uses astronomy to engage and retain senior high-school students in science. "Space to Grow brings together teachers, kids and astronomers, and puts professional telescopes and tools into the kids’ hands,” said the program’s Director, Professor Quentin Parker of Macquarie University and the Australian Astronomical Observatory.
Search is one of the most popular activities on the internet* and the observation search on the LCOGT website is one of its most popular sections. We've just improved the search tool to make it easier to find your own observations and to browse through the observations of others. As it is now live I thought I'd describe some of the changes and improvements here.
Saturday, September 25th marked the second annual Science Day at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Several community partners as well as zoo staff and volunteers had booths set up from 10am - 3pm with hands-on activities ranging from figuring out the anatomy of a starfish to guess which droppings belong to which animal to discovering the Solar System and many more in between. And there are many fascinating animals, birds, reptiles, and more to see and learn about around the zoo, and some even came out of their enclosures to mingle with the public. The weather was beautiful, kids were full of energy and enthusiasm, and science teachers were ready to learn some new ideas to take back to their classrooms.
On a late Tuesday evening, going to the library usually isn't the first thing on my list of things to do, but on September 21 2010, that's exactly what a large group of community members from Kihei did. The Kihei Public Library hosted “A Night With The Stars”. The events center around the opportunity to use LCOGT's 2.0 meter Faulkes Telescope North at the summit of Haleakalā. This is the third in what has become a bi-annual event at the Kahului Public Library. Librarian Tracy Latimer arranges the events which draw record numbers of people. “81 attendees, for a school night, is outstanding, and the numbers seem to be growing every time we have one of these programs.” said Latimer.
Saturday evening was fun-filled as over a hundred people from LCOGT, Sedgwick staff and docents, and special guests from Direct Relief International as well as families and friends filled Sedgwick Reserve. After welcomes by Wayne Rosing(LCOGT), Dorothy Largay (DRI), and Kate McCurdy (Sedgwick), the group socialized with hors d'oeuvres and drinks, took a walk to the pond to watch the flocks of birds fly in, and went on a tour of the old buildings on the property while hearing about the Sedgwick family. Later, everyone enjoyed a fantastic catered dinner by local favorite New West Catering and a then headed up the hill for a night of stargazing.