As we come to the end of our 2 month fundraising campaign to raise money to build a science center for the children of Tanzania, we are faced with raising more than half our goal in a matter of less than a week. It's not too late to give.
Starting today we will begin an incentive contest where we will be awarding the person who raises the most money above $1200 a OneSky telescope. We will also award a second place prize of an AWB T-shirt. So please spread the word, you never know...
Here's a poem submitted this week about the 8th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics.
August Hangout Archive
Andrew Fazekas, AWBs communications manager, talked about the TtT Indiegogo campaign and its progress. He spoke about strategies on how we hope to hit our goal as the fundraiser heads into its last days. Andrew has been helping to get the word out on all our social media outlets, trying to drum up support and closely working with Christie McMonigal, the campign coordinator, successfully raising a large amount of donations during our Dollar Donation Day.
Kathleen Horner talked about our very popular AstroCrafts. From making your own asteroid or glow in the dark comet, Kathleen always causes a flurry of activity surrounding her craft ideas. In her day job, she's a visual artist/photographer and says what keeps her intrigued with photography is "..shadows and colors creating a fascinating dance between the eye and the camera..".
Leo Heiland, Coordinator for our new Club Pairing Program chatted about this wonderful initiative to pair seasoned American amateur astronomy clubs with younger international counterparts looking to learn more about the hobby of stargazing.
"Beam Me 2 Mars", the new initiative by UWINGU where you could send a message to Mars. By participating, you will also be contributing to future science projects. Mike Simmons and Andrew talked about people's fascination with Mars and the buzz that surrounds the campaign and how it helps fund science and education.
We're currently reaching out to American and Canadian organizations to become mentors for international clubs. If you know of a club who might like to participate or if your club would like to join please visit our webpage and fill out our application form.
Mike on the mic!
This week Mike Simmons, AWB's president and founder, appeared on the The Space Show speaking with Dr. David Livingston about AWB's programs and especially the importance of Telescopes to Tanzania. Take a listen.
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