Funded by the National Science Foundation, Skynet Junior Scholars is designed to engage youth in the study of the Universe using the same tools as professionals. In SJS, young people can be aspiring astronomers, controlling research‐grade telescopes around the world to acquire and process images of celestial objects, ranging from near‐by planets to distant galaxies. Youths who become Skynet Junior Scholars will learn valuable skills in problem‐solving, math, science, and communication as they complete a set of astronomy Explorations. They then have access to a global network of resources and astronomers, and can find their own scientific voice and pursue their own investigations.
Families can get more information on January 19th at the Century Center, at which we are recruiting and registering the middle and high school students. Participation in SB150 Young Astronomers is free, with a commitment expected through November 2015. I'll be doing the Skynet training workshop in January, after which we'll start astronomy activities and connect the young scholars to telescopes.