Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos Program

Teach kids astronomy by controlling real telescopes over the internet, and create images like these!

Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos Program is a special opportunity for 25 Affiliates from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) and Smithsonian Affiliations. Qualified Affiliates that successfully complete the online professional development program to facilitate the use of the MicroObservatory online telescope system will be awarded $1500 for implementation of Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos Program. Funding has been provided by the Smithsonian Youth Access Grant Fund.   

  • Are you an Affiliate educator interested in sharing the art and science of astrophotography with youth in your community?   
  • Does your organization have an informal education program, partnerships with area community centers or middle schools and interest in providing enrichment activities for students based on STEM? 
  • Can your museum or organization implement a workshop for middle school students, underserved by science and technology educational programs, ages 12 – 18   (minimum of 10 or more students) and facilitate an 8 – 20 hour program? 
  • Would you like to learn how to organize and promote an exhibition of youth-created astronomy photographs? 

For more information on the program, join us for a Teleconference to discuss implementing Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos Program on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. 

Dial In:  1-877-860-3058
Participant Pass code:  607773
Call in and learn about participating in this program before registration goes live.  

Talk to SAO astronomy educators Mary Dussault and Erin Braswell. Smithsonian Affiliations representatives Christina Di Meglio Lopez and Caroline Mah will also be available to answer questions.

Follow the MicroObservatory’s Twitter feed; Facebook page; and Flickr photostream.

Telescopes "Ben" and "Cecilia" at the Whipple Observatory in Amado, AZ. Along with "Annie," located on the roof at SAO, they are three in a network of telescopes, controllable over the internet, helping students learn more about astronomy. Photo Credit: Dan Brocious/SAO.

3 replies
  1. Dave Bush
    Dave Bush says:

    March 6th is a Tuesday… Will this teleconference be held on Tuesday or Thursday?

    Thank you!

    Dave Bush
    Vanderbilt Planetarium

    • Jennifer Brundage
      Jennifer Brundage says:

      Dave, thanks so much for your comment! It is on Tuesday, March 6. The call and grant monies though, are only available to Smithsonian Affiliate museums. We apologize if that was not clear. Nonetheless, you can learn more about how to get involved outside of our program at the MicroObservatory website, Hope this helps, and happy stargazing!

  2. Sonchia Jilek
    Sonchia Jilek says:

    I would be interested in learning more about this opportunity. I will be on a plane during the time of the teleconference – who should I contact now to learn more? I think this would be a perfect fit for the Pinhead Institute.

    Sonchia, thanks for commenting! Someone from the Affiliations staff will be in touch to follow up. We look forward to working with you.

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