Nov 4, 2020
Students at LCO's Camp Cosmos science camp
Global Sky Partners, the flagship education program run by Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO), has been recognized by the HundrED Foundation as one of the 100 most innovative educational projects for 2021.
The Global Sky Partners are a diverse group of educators and scientists who run fully-supported education projects and investigations using the LCO 0.4m network. Groups and organizations from around the world compete for a place in this program through an open round of proposals each year. Each selected Partner has an exemplary track record in astronomy education and allows LCO to reach unprecedented audiences, with a diverse range of educational projects.
Students in the Appalachian Starsong Global Sky Partner analysing data from LCO and "sonifying" it into music.
The unique way the Global Sky Partners operates has attracted the attention of the HundrED Foundation, who have included this program in its Global Collection of “100 most innovative educational projects” for 2021. There is a highly competitive process for a project to be included in an annual global collection with each potential program being reviewed by over 140 members of the HundrED Academy.
“This accolade is a testament to the dedication of the Global Sky Partners themselves, to the program and their students. They deserve all the congratulations.”, said Dr Edward Gomez, education director of LCO and lead of the Global Sky Partner program.
The complete line up of the 100 innovations included in the HundrED 2021 Global Collection can be found on their website. This announcement comes at the start of their annual education summit, conducted entirely online for the first time.
Las Cumbres Observatory is grateful to the Simons Foundation for their support of the Global Sky Partners.