Round Rock High School Astronomy Club

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The Round Rock High School Astronomy Club needs more telescopes for their very popular public star parties.

  Education, Astronomy

Astronomers Without Borders is running a global fundraising project called the BIG (Big Impact Giving) Project. The aim of this program is to help organisations and clubs raise funds to help them achieve their astronomy-related goals. These are microfunding campaigns, where the value is limited to a maximum of $500 USD (plus fees and charges). For a lot of clubs a small amount of money can make a big difference.

The following is by Mark Romano, Astronomy teacher and Astronomy club sponsor:

What we need:

We need two One Sky Telescopes to help us run our regular star parties.

Why we need it:

Currently our school only has one telescope. When we run star parties, myself and Daniel Morgan, my colleague, provide our own personal telescopes. Even with our telescopes there are still long lines of students waiting to get a brief glimpse of what's in the eyepiece.  

Having just two more telescopes dedicated to star parties and a lending library will allow for greater telescope time per student and inspire them to obtain their own once they see how wonderful it is to have one at home. 

Star Party

 

 

A recent star party we heldto observe the 5 visi​​ble planets in the pre-dawn sky.  Those were some dedicated students to brave the cold and early rising time! 

Who we are:

We are a school astronomy club. We run star parties every six weeks as an opportunity for our Astronomy students along with their friends and families to learn about the night sky.  Our events draw on average 40 attendees.    

We also work with local boy scout troops to do a fall and spring observing session.

Our astronomy club ias about 20 active members that act as assistants for star parties.  During meetings we talk about space news, how astronomy is displayed in entertainment media, and have discussions based on skeptical inquiry.

Our main goal is to have telescopes that students will be able to use in two different contexts- observing with a group during star parties and also to lend the telescopes out to students use at home.  Having multiple telescopes for star parties maximizes telescope time per attendee. Lending telescopes provides hands on experience that garners a deeper relationship with the night sky, especially since the student can use it for an entire night of solo observing. It is incredibly enriching to be able to have ample time and no distractions to observe the night sky.  

As an appreciation to our donors, we will send them a picture of our next star party and a very heartfelt thank you note to each donor's email or or mailing address if they provide it.

  Budget Breakdown

$420 - 4 One Sky Telescopes  ($105 each, AWB cost price)

+ $90 AWB expenses and FIat Physica fees (8%) 

$489.98

  Risks and Challenges

If the program does not get funded, the star parties will still continue, as they currently do. If we do get funded it will make a big difference to the experience and enjoyment of the students.

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Round Rock High School Astronomy Club

The Round Rock High School Astronomy Club needs more telescopes for their very popular public star parties.