Timmy Telescope Solar Astronomy Outreach

About Us

Timmy Telescope Solar Astronomy Outreach provides safe solar observation as part of a free, public access educational outreach to your organization.

This programming is completely free, public and available to all. It provides an opportunity for educators and library staff to use these events to help fill gaps in classroom or library based programming due to lack of resources such as trained experts, and expensive, state-of-the–art equipment.

The main focus of our informal science programs has been grades 3 thru 12 students and their communities. During the last 10 years, our educators have interacted with approximately 200,000 people at 1000 various venues that service the entire spectrum of American society; public, private and non-traditional schools, museums, community centers, NPS and local parks, and Library Summer Reading Programs. We have participated in the Franklin Institute Philadelphia Science Festival, Los Alamos and Colorado Springs Science Festivals and the Lowell Observatory/NASA 2017 Solar Eclipse observation in Madras Oregon.

There are three overarching priorities for STEM education in America which we address with our outreach initiative:

  1. increasing STEM literacy so all students can think critically in science, math, engineering and technology
  2. improving the quality of math and science teaching so American students are no longer outperformed by those in other nations
  3. expanding STEM education and career opportunities for underrepresented groups, including women and minorities.

To help students think critically and increase STEM Literacy, participants will learn about the solar cycles, how those cycles affect life on Earth, the physical characteristics of the Sun, the concept of distance and time, and how the Sun provides all of the energy needed for life on earth. These topics are seldom addressed in detail by most elementary and middle school teachers. These activities and experiences not only enrich the lives of students, they also raise the awareness of the various career fields available in dealing with these important topics.

Our solar outreach programming provides opportunities for underrepresented groups. At our events, largely Hispanic, Native American and African American populations of young people have been able to directly observe the Sun, the closest star to the Earth. Less than 1% of the world’s population ever gets this opportunity.

Over the past 10 years of solar outreach, it has been our experience that most students and adults, as well as a majority of teachers and library staff, lack an understanding of the nature of the Sun, the field of solar science and how LIGHT is used in science. Through informal observation and interaction with thousands of school aged children (and their parents), we have formed the opinion that instruction and real, hands on experiences are needed to provide even a rudimentary awareness of our Sun.

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