In July, the Ruehles attended the Discover the Cosmos conference in Volos Greece. They received an enthusiastic response to their efforts in teaching astronomy as a gateway to science, technology, engineering (STEM) in Tanzania. Read more about the project and the plans for creating a Center for Science Education and Observatory here. Every donation helps a teacher in Tanzania grow in his/her teaching capacity…and every teacher that “catches the light” influences hundreds of students.
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Students benefit from teacher's training.
A total of 65 students of standard five from Ilboru primary school participated in the interactivelearning of the Solar System topic together with other objects found in the sky. Read the article (pdf)
Scope Restoration and Observatory for the Center for Science Education
Recently, A 12 inch Cave Cassegrain telescope made the first leg of its journey – traveling from Streamwood, IL to Racine, WI it logged 85 miles of its 8500 mile trip to Tanzania.
The Scope will be the main instrument in a roll-off observatory being built as part of a Center for Science Education in northern Tanzania. The Center will enable teachers and their students to participate in hands on science exploration and learning.
Now, it’s time to carry out the restoration strategy. From mirrors to tube, from mount to motors, from gears to focuser -- cleaning, repairing, rewiring, polishing and painting are needed. And thanks to the generosity of time and energy by the members of the Racine Astronomical Society the work has begun.
Right now in Tanzania a team of scientists, teachers and community leaders are working with a secondary school to receive the scope and set up the observatory.
Overall, $10,000(USD) is needed for restoration, shipping and observatory construction in Tanzania.
Here is what you can do: Click the donate now button to the right! Or you can send a donation c/o
Chuck Ruehle 5742 Cambridge Cir. #4 Racine, WI USA 53406. Please make all checks to Astronomers Without Borders.
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