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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..

Nov 26
2014

Partner Programs for GAM 2015

Are you part of an astronomy organization that is planning a public project or event that you would like to have a worldwide reach?  Then why not join us as a proud partner for GAM2015, running the whole month of April. Now’s the time to submit your idea. AWB will be accepting proposals from now until January 30. Your program/event could very easily be one that is in conjunction with one of AWB's own program (Partner Program) or one that is run solely by your organization (Associate Program). As a partnered organization you will be able to use the AWB... Read More...

Oct 28
2014

GAM 2015 AstroArts

Guidelines for submitting your art proposal for GAM 2015 This year’s Global Astronomy Month is highlighting art in all various media. We would like artists to submit proposals for programs/activities/events during GAM 2015. Here are the criteria for submissions: Must be connected to astronomy in some way Projects can be existing works or those that are specially designed for GAM 2015. It must be globally accessible (either a google hangout, blog post, photos posted online, downloadable documents). If it is a live performance it must also be broadcast simultaneously online. Artists are encouraged to present the exhibition, film or performance... Read More...

Oct 21
2014

Got GAM Photos?

Calling All GAM Attendees In preparation for the upcoming 2015 GAM, we are putting together a promotional video trailer. And we need YOUR participation! If you have photos or videos (less than one mintue clips) of events in your locale of previous GAMs, please send them to us. Your photos can be featured in the 2015 GAM trailer that will be put out on all AWB website and social channels. Global Astronomy Month each April is the world's largest global celebration of astronomy, bringing together cultures worldwide under the motto "One People, One Sky." Hundreds of events are held all... Read More...

Oct 14
2014

Telescope to Tanzania Update

This summer after hearing of the Telescopes to Tanzania project, Bill Pothen of Racine, Wisconsin, US decided that he would donate his 12" telescope. However, after being in storage for many years, it needed some tender-loving care. On the weekend of October 11+12....Dave a member of the Racine Astronomical Society sanded, painted, and sanded and painted and sanded and painted the pier and other parts of the the Cave Cassegrain Telescope being refurbished for the observatory in Tanzania. Here are some more photos of the continuing restoration project: Photo credit: Chuck Ruehle Read More...

Oct 01
2014

TtT Indiegogo Update

The future of children's science education in Tanzania is looking brighter than ever. Our Indiegogo campaign was a great success, we made our goal thanks to some outstanding donations! Our founders, Sue and Chuck Ruehle were so estatic with the results that they had to put out a special thank you video. To thank all of our donors who are helping make this project possible we have created a Thank You Wall . We now have enough to build The Center for Science Education and Observator y and will become a reality in 2015. It will become a Tanzanian hub... Read More...

Sep 25
2014

Partial Eclispe Oct. 23

On October 23 all of North America and parts of Central America will have the chance to view a partial solar eclipse. An eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun. However a partial eclipse is when the center of the shadow of the moon misses the Earth causing only part of the Sun to be obscured. WARNING: you must NEVER look at the sun with the naked eye. For protection, you can use specialized solar glasses that filters the damaging rays of the sun. Read more about viewing the solar eclipse safely. AWB has glasses for... Read More...

Sep 23
2014

World Space Week

Coming October 4 through 10, World Space Week will be heralding International efforts in Space Science and Technology. With more than 1400 events 80 different countries world wide, this is the largest public space celebration on Earth! This year's theme is GPS or "Space Guiding Your Way". Satellites have become an essential for everyday living in the past recent years and this dependency will increase even further with the release of multiple new systems. The organizers of World Space Week hope that this theme will inspire groups around the world to join in on the festival. Read More...

Sep 23
2014

Mike in Portugal

Astronomy education was the focus at the inaugural meeting of the Astronomy Education Alliance conference in Portugal the week of Sept. 8. From the classroom to public outreach and even space missions, all forms of astronomy awareness and education were presented and discussed. This new forum was an expansion of the regular conference of the Global Hands-On Universe program, this year held in conjunction with the European Planetary Space Conference. AWB's President, Mike Simmons, gave a presentation on AWB's education programs, from sidewalk astronomy to new partnerships in formal education. Chuck and Sue Ruehle, founders and managers of AWB's Telescopes... Read More...

Sep 10
2014

Mike on the Mic!

Mike Simmons, AWB's president and founder, appeared on the The Space Show speaking with Dr. David Livingston about AWB's programs and especially the importance of Telescopes to Tanzania. Take a listen . Read More...

Sep 04
2014

Telescopes to Tanzania - Stretch Goal

Improving science education in Tanzania The Center for Science is a reality! Now we can multiply its impact by adding more ambassadors right away instead of waiting. An additional $17,000 will DOUBLE the number of astronomy/science ambassadors who will: 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 Provide science education resources to TWICE as many schools This stretch goal will allow Telescopes to Tanzania to visit an ADDITIONAL 30 schools, train an ADDITIONAL 60 teachers,... Read More...

Sep 02
2014

Share to Win Contest

Spread the word and win a OneSky Telescope! We're launching a referral competition. When you share information about Telescopes to Tanzania and raise the most over $1200, you can win a OneSky Telescope. Second place will win a chic AWB T-shirt. Simply go to the Indiegogo Telescopes to Tanzania web page , log in and use the sharing tools OR after you've made a donation, use the link that's given to you in your social media circles and you may win! Remember, the more you share, the more chances you have to win. Read More...

Aug 19
2014

AWB on Airways

Mike Simmons, founder and president of AWB was featured on the online international radio show The Stuph File hosted by Peter Anthony Holder. Mike talked about AWB's world wide outreach programs and the importance of the Telescopes to Tanzania Project. To listen to the whole interview, click here . Read More...

Aug 12
2014

Dollar Donation Day

You can also help by sharing the campaign from the indiegogo page (using the share tools under the video) and by commenting on the campaign. All of these factors will be combined to help us raise our global exposure. If we work together to push our profile high enough then Indiegogo will feature our campaign on their homepage and email it to their large number of subscribers. Read More...

Aug 11
2014

GAM AstroPoetry 2014 Winners

The GAM AstroPeotry Contest this year had the most entries since the start of this competition three years ago - 255 poems from 19 different countries - truely international. Many of the younger poets were from India and Indonesia, while most of our adult entrants were from the US. We were very lucky to receive so many well crafted and thoughtful poems that it was difficult to choose our 18 winners. Chosen based on originality and how well it reflects AWB's vision, subjects ranged from children playing/pretending to be the solar system to the mystery of space. Entries were judged... Read More...

Jul 30
2014

Special Astronomy for STEM Education Hangout

Astronauts Ron Garan and Anousheh Ansari join us for our special AWB Hangout, "Astronomy In the Development of STEM Education" on August 6, 2014 @ 16:00 UT / 12 pm ET/ 9 am PT .   Though often neglected in traditional educational systems, astronomy is an ideal way to present science and other technical fields in schools. With limited resources, especially in developing countries, astronomy offers an accessible "laboratory" in a subject that already fascinates children. AWB's Telescopes to Tanzania is just one example of how astronomy is used to promote science learning and curriculum-building in developing countries. This panel... Read More...

Jul 30
2014

July Google Hangout Available For Your Viewing Pleasure

If you missed our monthly hangout on July 31, 2014, no worries. We have it archived ready for you to enjoy whenever you like. This month our guests included Daniela DePaulis AstroArtist, Mark Thompson of OPT Telescopes, and Bob Eklund, AstroPoetry judge. Daniela DePaulis partners with AWB to create a program called AstroArts where she hopes that an "...ongoing discussion between artists and scientists, creating opportunities for collaboration and dissemination of ideas..." will occur. In this hangout she gave us an update about artists and their recent contributions to the AstroArt movement. Mark Thompson of OPT Telescopes recently donated the... Read More...

Jul 17
2014

Telescopes To Tanzania Campaign In Third Week

Our fundraiser campaign on the Indiegogo crowdsourcing website is going strong - passing the 10% funding milestone - and there already has been quite a bit of media coverage too which has helped get the word out. Thanks so much to everyone who has donated so far! We are on track to hit our goal. Check out the full story on our Indiegogo page and please share the campaign as widely as you can to help us get the word out. Also if you want to see exactly how amazing the work being done in Africa is and what it... Read More...

Jul 13
2014

AWB Donation Thanks to OPT

The 10th annual Southern California Astronomy Expo , hosted by OPT Telescopes was a great event this year and a big one for AWB. A raffle of equipment donated by the attending vendors is always a highlight and this year AWB was the recipient of the more than $7000 raised in ticket sales. Mike Simmons was on hand to accept the contribution in the form of a giant check. The proceeds will help continue to fund AWB's campaigns and projects around the world. Read More...

Jun 23
2014

2014 TWAN Night Sky Photo Contest Winners Announced

We are excited to announce the 2014 International Earth & Sky Photo Contest Winners. Stunning portraits that highlight the wonders of the night sky and hightlight the battle with light pollution. Photographers from 55 countries submitted over a thousand entries to the contest this year. The images were judged in two categories: “Beauty of the Night Sky” and “Against the Lights.” “Both contest categories provide a visual awareness of the disappearing starry night sky and hopefully an understanding as to its cause,” said contest judge Connie Walker, associate scientist and education specialist at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. “The added... Read More...

Jun 22
2014

AWB Founder on Planetary Radio

AWB Founder and President Mike Simmons was a special guest this month on the Planetary Radio show run by the venerable space exploration advocacy organization, The Planetary Society. Tune-in here to listen to the entire episode. Read More...