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Telescopes to Tanzania Update - Sept. 2015

Sep 30
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 electrical drives are being worked on. The goal is to have the work done by winter.

Meanwhile the folks in Tanzania are clearing the site for the observatory at Ailanga Jr. Seminary. In November the final plans for the observatory and its exact orientation will be set. And construction will begin weather permitting shortly after.

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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

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