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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 and founder, Mike Simmons, reflects on the life and personal connection with Chuck and his everlasting legacy with the people of Tanzania. Most stars are born, live their lives, and fade out with little notice, with little effect on the expanse around them. But a very few have a significant impact and leave a legacy that fuels the creation of new stars, and perhaps new life, both near and far.... Read More..

Apr 08
2015

Night Sky Diorama - AstroCraft

Kathleen Horner has created a beautiful way that you can celebrate and learn about how important dark skies. It has become more and more difficult to find a dark sky to watch the skies, and during Global Astronomy Month and International Year of Light, this craft will show you ways in which you can revisit The Night Sky. This 3D to scale representation of a front yard shows different ways that urban areas can utilize easy solutions to preserve the dark sky. In Kathleen's instructions, she encourages you to add any other backdrop, whether it is a field, mountains, or... Read More...

Apr 08
2015

Solar Eclipse - Arianna Ricchiuti

Arianna Ricchiuti of Bisceglie, Italy submitted a great Members' Report about her solar viewing during the solar eclipse that happened this past March 20. She's so proud that she can help people find objects in the sky with her telescope and says that she now holds her own observing events in collaboration with Planetario Sky-Skan in Bari! To read more about her experience, visit her complete  Members' Report . She truly enjoyed sharing her knowledge with both grown-ups and kids, "This experience has been really rewarding because I realized people gladly listen to me while I am talking and I am able... Read More...

Apr 04
2015

We Got an App for That!

To celebrate this year's Global Astronomy Month celebration, the Alive Wallpaper App will have a GAM-themed wallpapers that you can add to your Android device. This great app is the perfect souvenir of the world's largest global celebration of astronomy. AWB and Bonne-App has teamed up bring these astro-themed papers to the Alive Wallpaper app to help support our important international outreach programs. Download  this app at the Google Play store. Read More...

Mar 24
2015

Monthly Hangout - GAM

This month's hangout we will be talking about GAM 2015. We have a jam-packed line-up that will inform you of all the events that we'll having this year. Christie McGonigal, our chief coordinator has been working very hard to bring the biggest and best GAM ever! Christie will be chatting about Global Astronomy Month and what it means to the astronomy community and how GAM helps to spread the word about STEM education through out the world. She will also be at hand to let you know how best you can participate. Andrew Fazekas, our communications manager, will be chiming... Read More...

Mar 02
2015

Hangout SPECIAL: Orbital Perspective: One Earth, One Sky

Ron Garan , astronaut, while floating in space, recalls looking back at our blue dot and marvelling at the beauty of our Earth. With our shrinking borders and increased technologies, why can't we collaborate globally? While on his stint on the International Space Station this former fighter pilot worked with fifteen nationalities to put a few humans into a sustained environment in space. This is his Orbital Perspective. His newly released book has now explores how we can take that notion of Orbital Perspective and bring it to Earth. Join Ron and fellow astronaut Anousheh Ansari  and Overview Institute 's Frank White... 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...