Turn the Classroom into a Space Lab

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Sponsor 600 classrooms in the United States to access our global network of telescopes via the internet for the study of outer space

  Education, Astronomy

"Slooh.com is an excellent example of an intuitive, user-friendly remote telescope interface.”            

 - Vivian White, Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Live Telescope Feed from the Canary Islands

Overview

Slooh connects humanity through communal exploration of the universe. For more than a decade we have gathered people around online telescopes to look into outer space together and share their beliefs. Our online telescopes can be brought to anyone with internet access.  

Slooh provides viewing and control of robotic telescopes situated at world class observatory sites, including seven telescopes situated at its flagship observatory, at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, one of the world’s top observatory sites, and three telescopes based in Santiago, Chile, situated at the Catholic University and offering complementary views of the southern skies.

The Slooh website also features the Space Situation Room, where Slooh monitors and livestreams all the happenings in space across a global network of telescopes, featuring more than 25 partner observatories around the world. The Space Situation Room will be anchored by new host Gerard Monteux, also known as Bill Patrick, a long time host of NBC Sports, and Slooh Astronomers Paul Cox, Bob Berman and Eric Edelman and their guests.

Citizen Science

Slooh members have taken over five million images of 50,000+ unique objects in the sky. Members have made over 6,000 submissions to the Minor Planet Center, tracked comets for JPL, been published in research with the Max Planck Institute, discovered and confirmed numerous supernova, nova, etc.

Slooh Classroom

Slooh makes it possible for teachers with limited knowledge of astronomy to lead a classroom in exploring the night sky. And Slooh helps teachers work astronomy into existing math and science curriculum so they can afford to dedicate more classroom time to it. We have developed a curriculum for students which is built into the Classroom edition of Slooh.

How it Works

Teachers sponsored by this program will be issued redemption codes to be distributed to each of their students who will get their own account. The Classroom edition will feature 500 of the most interesting objects in the night sky, some of which have curriculum driven activities teachers can tie into math and science lessons. 

Slooh reservation system

About Slooh

Slooh’s automated observatories develop celestial image streams in real-time for broadcast to the Internet, and Slooh’s technology is protected by Patent No.: US 7,194,146 B2 which was awarded in 2006.  Slooh's flagship observatory is situated at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC), one of the finest observatory sites in the world and home to the largest telescope in the world. Slooh Founder Michael Paolucci presents to King Felipe VI of Spain at the 30th Anniversary celebration of the IAC, and pictured with Nigerian school children as keynote speaker at an event promoting astronomy throughout Nigeria. 

Slooh has traveled with a mobile observatory to Kenya, the Faroe Islands, Indonesia, Iceland, Australia, and Alaska, and partnered with observatories in Arizona, Japan, Hawaii, Cypress, Dubai, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and many more to broadcast live celestial events of potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs), comets, transits, eclipses, solar activity, etc., which are syndicated to media outlets worldwide, including TIME, National Geographic, Wired, ABC News, CNN and many more.

Slooh live feed of the moon for ABC News

Celebrate the Transcontinental Eclipse, a Total Solar Eclipse, August 21st, 2017 in Stanley, Idaho, with Slooh as it hosts a three day cultural festival for community members. Slooh recently published a book, The Saturn Above It, An Anthology of Short Fiction About Space, edited by Karen Stevens. Slooh is supported by investment from Connecticut Innovations, the State’s venture capital investment fund.

  Budget Breakdown

Slooh Classroom costs $50 per classroom per year . We are seeking donors whose funding will allow us to provide Slooh Classroom for free to schools and students. Our goal is to raise $30,000 in order to bring Slooh to 600 classrooms, reaching an estimated 15,000 students for a year.

We will promote the program to teachers, schools, and through partnerships with organizations such as the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the NSTA, and others. We will offer each classroom an account which will enable teachers and students to access Slooh.com from school.

Corporate Sponsors

Slooh is interested in partnering with corporations on a regional or national basis to expand this program to urban schools.  We have promoted astronomy together with Google, Vodafone, Paramount Pictures and other corporate partners. Please contact mike@slooh.com to learn more. 

Raise Money Locally for Your Classroom or School

To raise money for Slooh memberships in your local area for your classroom or school, you can set up your own Slooh campaign by visiting Create a New Campaign and enter the Slooh partner code 7402. Take a look at How to Create a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign for tricks and tips. 

  Risks and Challenges

We are focused on removing the barriers in order to make having a space lab in the classroom as accessible as other laboratory sciences.  We have also designed Slooh to fit within STEAM driven curricula so that teachers can integrate the teaching of astronomy into other coursework, such as art, literacy, engineering, technology, math and of course science. 

We have spent 10+ years designing Slooh to be easy enough for novices to gain exposure to outer space. The challenge for schools has been to make it easy for a teacher with limited knowledge of astronomy to lead a classroom in exploring the night sky, and to help teachers work astronomy into other curricula so they can afford to dedicate more classroom time to it.

We have built a global network of telescopes so that teachers in the United States can see the night sky during classroom hours. 

We are working with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the leading astronomy education outreach organization, to expand the curriculum and interact with teachers to evolve the product based on their needs. 

 

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Turn the Classroom into a Space Lab

Sponsor 600 classrooms in the United States to access our global network of telescopes via the internet for the study of outer space