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Nov 16
2015

Planning for Tanzanian Observatory

Report by Kai Staats

This past Tuesday, November 10 was a day well spent. My son Bernard and I, on behalf of Telescopes to Tanzania, had the good fortune of meeting with the founding members of the Centre for Science. Over the course the morning and early afternoon, we discussed the finer details of the design, orientation, and construction of what will be Tanzania's first professional grade astronomical observatory. There is certainly more to tell, but for now, a quick, genuine note of thanks to Frank, Samuel, Azael, Lydia, Thomas, Hodian, and Josiah for their warm welcome, hospitality, creativity, and genuine passion for the...

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Sep 30
2015

Telescopes to Tanzania Update - Sept. 2015

When the burden is heavy and the skies are cloudy the work we have chosen can seem impossible until friends, partners and generous donors put their shoulders to the plow and their hearts on the line. Thank you for your hands and hearts in moving Chuck's dream forward. On Saturday September 26th members of the Racine Astronomical Society spent hours working on the 12 inch Cave Cassegrain Telescope being refurbished for its placement in a roll-off observatory. Now the mount is assembled, the tube rings are installed, the focuser is mounted, the counterweights are being machined to size, and the... Read More...

Sep 15
2015

Heavenly Ali - Dark Skies in China

Dark Skies preserves are starting to pop up in China now and more is wanted. This video features a great example, "Heavenly Ali, Best Sky". Produced by Starry Sky Project of China, that is part of IDA, shows a beautiful dark sky area in Tibet. This dark sky reserve is located on a high plateau where there are ideal observing conditions and where the Chinese National Observatory is housed. Enjoy this beautiful video and help support dark skies in China. Read More...

Sep 08
2015

Young Astronomy Enthusiasts from Ilboru - Telescopes to Tanzania Update

Submitted by Eliatosha Maleko At Ilboru primary school with the total of 1250 students there are different subject clubs but Geography and Science clubs are the ones with huge number of students. This is due curious nature of the students and nature of the two subjects towards responding to their curiosity. What interest them the most is the relation between what is up in the sky in connection to their environment. On today's night standard five students wanted to know more about nearby planets which we can see at night like Venus and Jupiter. And most of the students were... Read More...

Sep 01
2015

Telescopes to Tanzania - Update on Chuck

Masaai Cancer doctor Dr. Michael Mullane and Cancer warrior August 27th it has been three weeks since the diagnosis of cancer for Chuck. In that time he has spent all but three of days in the hospital. Today he is home resting and preparing for the next round of impatient chemotherapy likely to begin later next week. Alongside us from day one has been an amazing Doctor, who yesterday wrapped himself in a Maasai Shuka blanket when he visited Chuck sharing the latest updates and information. Together with the fantastic staff on 3 B at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital, the... Read More...

Aug 26
2015

GAM 2015 Wrap-Up Report

GAM 2015 was a great success! With 28 programs that ran through out the month, 18 posts from around the world at our GAM Blog, and 70,000 viewers took part in the Virtual Telescope online parties. Our social media was ablaze with 750,000 impressions (the number of times a post was “Liked”, shared, or had a comment) on Facebook over the whole month and an average of 1500 likes per day. Twitter was also very popular with 44,000 impressions during April. Our most popular events were the Virtual Telescope shows, Asteroid Search Campaign and the AstroPhotography Contest. View the full... Read More...

Aug 25
2015

Ambassadors Report from Tanzania

Telescope Viewing Good news has arrived from Tanzania! The Ambassadors sent a report on progress both in the schools and at the observatory site. Nine schools were visited recently, with introductions to astronomy for new schools, and new lessons for continuing schools. Lessons on using a telescope, presentations on Pluto's change in planetary status, and teacher training all brought excitment to students and teachers alike. Mr Miley providing books An important presentation for teachers covered integration of astronomy with the study of other science. With small telescopes and the sky overhead science teachers have a natural laboratory that can be... Read More...

Aug 11
2015

Notes from Tanzania - Report by Elineema Nassary

I and Ambassadors are doing fine, as I wrote to you, Sunday we had meeting. In our meeting, we have discussed what ambassadors are going to do in schools, we have already discussed and agreed together what we are going to share with students at this second round. After discussion I and Miley, we had time to teach ambassadors on how to arrange, assemble and how to use telescope and all ambassadors are now able to use telescope well. I have attached photos of the work of today. Read More...

Jul 27
2015

Sharing Resources, Science News, and a Love for Astronomy

At the end of the week we are very tired – with 7 school visits – off road travel – and long days. But the sense of accomplishment and solidarity with schools, students and teachers makes it all worthwhile. We trust you will enjoy thee photos. This is the entire science lab at Uraki Secondary School chemistry, biology, physics. The box measures 16x20 inches and is 8 inches deep. The government of Tanzania is requiring all schools to have three laboratories....physics, biology and chemistry. Here at Uraki labs are being constructed as required. Students from Lakitatu Secondary School test food... Read More...

Jul 24
2015

Telescopes to Tanzania - School Visits

As we move about the Meru/Usa River region during our third week in Tanzania we'll be making visits to 7 schools in the area. They include: Ngongongare, Ailanga, Lakitatu, Uraki, Kikatiti, and Nkoaranga Seconday Schools plus the English Medium School at Makramira. We'll be visiting 6 of the 24 secondary schools where Science Centre Ambassadors are helping to establish Science Clubs. As we meet with students and their teacher advisors we'll be talking about the New Horizons mission to Pluto. This often gives us an opportunity to discuss the solar system, our Milkyway Galaxy and beyond with each group. Using... Read More...

Jul 18
2015

Telescopes to Tanzania - Day 4

Each day during the 4 day workshop offered by Telescopes to Tanzania, we asked a different question. What do we know? What do we want to know? How do we find out? And on the last day, What did we learn? Responses to the last question included: How to use effective teaching aids. Teaching and learning is a two way traffic pattern between student and teacher. Interact with other teachers. I learned about Pluto. THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX. What did we at Telescopes to Tanzania learn? Open a door for teachers and creativity, learning, interaction, ideas, and visions will... Read More...

Jul 18
2015

Telescopes to Tanzania Update - Day 3

In the back of the classroom we have put a poster on the wall that reads: “Even Einstein asked questions.” Today we asked: What is light pollution? How could it affect the economy of Tanzania? What resources are available on-line for your classroom to use? Using new computer skills and the on-line education materials from the Cosmic Light Kit teachers explored ways to create lessons for their students to join the year of light science community. After a lunch of banana stew teachers spent the rest of the day learning to use telescopes provided by Telescopes to Tanzania. -Teachers working... Read More...

Jul 18
2015

Telescopes to Tanzania Update - Day 2

Usa River, Tanzania: Chuck and Sue Ruehle with Tanzanian colleague Mponda Malazo lead the 2015 science ambassador training. Today, the 16 teachers from 10 schools began to work on building hands-on curriculum based lesson plans. Many using computers for the first time learned about Dawn and New Horizons and began to want information on comets, meteors, asteroids, and the whole solar system. Pluto has become an important focus of conversations! Picture: Thomas Mbise a Centre for Science board member encourages teachers in their research and planning Read More...

Jul 14
2015

Telescopes to Tanzania Update - Sue's Workshop

First Day of the Centre for Science Ambassador Training. 18 teachers gather to learn how astronomy is the gateway to the sciences. Today we participated in Pluto flyby activities and researched various topics. Sue Ruehle led a discussion on "How do you learn?” Read More...

Jul 14
2015

Telescopes to Tanzania Update - July 12

Group Photo: Board members of the Centre for Science visit with Ngongongare Village Chairman to look at the site for the Centre Observatory. Telescopes to Tanzania founders Sue and Chuck Ruehle have arrived safely in Tanzania. They met with the Board of the Centre for Science …and proceeded to visit the site which has been selected for the construction of the observatory. The Village Chair of Ngongongare has made the land available for the Centre. After the visit the land transfer work began. While they are in Tanzania further details for construction of the observatory will be finalized. Land Photo:... Read More...

Jul 01
2015

AstroPoetry Contest 2015 Winners Announced

This year's GAM Astropoetry contest attracted a total of 339 poems, more than any other of our contests in the four year history! They were from around the world, from Brazil, India, Indonesia, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, and USA. Our younger poets were from mostly from India. So many entries were well crafted and thoughtful that it was very difficult to choose our 18 winners. Here's the quick list: Children's Category : First Place - Isabelle Byren, 
Stockholm, Sweden for " The Moon " Second Place - Emilia Russell Blom
, Stockholm, Sweden for " Stars " Third Place -... Read More...

Jun 26
2015

Heading Back to Tanzania - Telescopes in Hand

Telescopes to Tanzania is packing. Clothes and personal items get squished between the important stuff. Generous donors have made it possible for us to take 5 more telescopes, at least 4 microscopes, light benches, lenses, prisms, maps, spectroscopes, a few books, sky maps, and whatever we can squeeze into 6 suitcases weighing up to 50 pounds each!! Sue Packing gear : Sue packs a suitcase with science equipment for the Centre for Science Education as the Ruehle's prepare for another month of teaching in Tanzania. In just 2 weeks, 14 teachers will gather in Usa River Tanzania to begin to... Read More...

Jun 19
2015

A Dream Come True

The Centre for Science Education and Observatory in East Africa is a dream that has turned into a reality for educators, students, parents, and institutions throughout Tanzania. With immense challenges to education of the country's youth, particularly in critical areas of science and technology, the Centre is providing training for teachers, hands-on laboratories for students, and resources that promises to have a long-lasting impact nationwide. The Centre for Science Education and Observatory in East Africa has organizational and governmental partners to help it move forward, and is expected to be a project that will also be a model for other... Read More...

Jun 18
2015

Dream Come True

The Centre for Science Education and Observatory in East Africa is a dream that has turned into a reality for educators, students, parents, and institutions throughout Tanzania. With immense challenges to education of the country's youth, particularly in critical areas of science and technology, the Centre is providing training for teachers, hands-on laboratories for students, and resources that promises to have a long-lasting impact nationwide. The Centre for Science Education and Observatory in East Africa has organizational and governmental partners to help it move forward, and is expected to be a project that will also be a model for other... Read More...

Jun 18
2015

Telescopes to Tanzania Update from Sue Ruehle

May 28, 2015 Science Education is on the move in Tanzania. In the last two months, 14 Schools have welcomed the Science Ambassadors of the Centre for Science Education and about 1000 students have had a brief introduction to astronomy. Just this week, the Centre has received 3 computers and modems along with a printer and supplies to begin to take distance learning to rural areas around Mt. Meru Tanzania. A small grant from the Office of Astronomical Development and many contributions from individuals have made this work possible This week the work of the Ambassadors and the story of... Read More...

Jun 18
2015

Report from Tanzania - Laptops

Here's the news from Tanzania: It was good Day when we receive equipment for Astor –science ambassador auto reach we received the following: 4 modems, 4 laptops and one printer. Mr Nassary, project coodinator, together with Mr Mwakalapa and Mr Mbise Mwakalapa first from right Mr Miley at the midlle Mr Makapala the left first Mr Mbise. The activity for installation of laptop. Taking place on behalf of the center for science Mr Mbise. Thanks donors for donating equipment which we be owned and monitored by science center on Monday we are going to distribute it to ambassadors group. And... Read More...