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About Telescopes to Tanzania

Telescopes to Tanzania (TtT), a successful program that brings scarce educational resources to one of the world's poorest countries, is now under the aegis of Astronomers Without Borders. Last year we ran a sucessful Indiegogo campaign that raised enough money to start work on Centre for Science Education and Observatory in Usa River Tanzania.

Ambassadors sharing Astronomy at Secondary Schools in Tanzania

Recently, Astronomy Ambassadors from the Centre for Science Education and Observatory in Usa River Tanzania have begun their outreach activities.  With a goal of reaching 25 schools between early March and late August, six of the Ambassadors are traveling to schools in remote villages to promote science and astronomy topics.

These photos depict the teachers as they demonstrate and engage students in a variety of activities.

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Students join in a demonstration of the solar system and how planets revolve around the sun


Ambassador Miley teaching about astronomy using some of equipment provided by Telescopes to Tanzania.


The work of the Ambassadors is supported by funds raised last summer during an INDIEGOGO crowd funding  campaign and with  support from the Office of Astronomy for Development.

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Program Goals

  • Visit schools throughout Tanzania
  • Train teachers to teach hands-on, inquiry based science
  • Teach students
  • Train government education officers in understanding science teaching and scientific concepts
  • Bring more NEW science curricula to schools throughout Tanzania

Latest News

Oct 12

Telescopes to Tanzania Update: The MMAO Observatory

Kai Staats

Since the last update on December 15, 2017, there is much to tell about the Mt. Meru Astronomical Observatory. Thank you for your patience and steadfast interest in this important...

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Dec 15
2017

Telescopes to Tanzania Update: Construction Continues

by Kai Staats

The Telescopes to Tanzania observatory project at Mt. Meru, Tanzania is enjoying accelerated progress. Construction is coming right along with the foundation, walls, and roll-off-roof piers in place. The roll-off...

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Aug 31
2016

A Personal Reflection

by Mike Simmons, President AWB

Editor's Note: We are sad to announce the passing of our close partner and friend Chuck Ruehle, the co-founder of Telescopes to Tanzania an ongoing AWB flagship program. AWB's president...

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Dec 08
2015

Telescopes to Tanzania Update: Prepping the Scope

by Sue Ruehle

Members of the Racine Astronomical Society have been working hard on refurbishing the 12 inch telescope for Tanzania. One member is working on some parts for the mount and drive...

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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...

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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...

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