Ariz. - Lowell Observatory recently received funding from Honeywell
to support the Observatorys ninth season of astronomical
research focused on interacting with Navajo and Hopi students.
astronomy outreach program pairs Lowell Observatory astronomers
with American Indian students and their teachers. "Honeywells
sponsorship of the Lowell Observatory Navajo-Hopi Educational Outreach
Program supports science and math instruction on the Navajo and
Hopi reservations in northern Arizona," said Pam Ross, Honeywell
Aerospace Business Partnerships manager. "These creative programs
are having a significant impact by encouraging students to pursue
math/science-related careers through participation in hands-on science
and astronomy activities."
of the participating astronomers works with one teacher for one
year, periodically visiting the teachers class and working
directly with the students.
response from teachers and students in Navajo and Hopi schools has
been positive and has sparked students interest in astronomy
as well as other science topics," said Deidre Hunter, Lowell
astronomer and Amanda Bosh, Boston University astronomer stationed
at the Flagstaff Observatory.
part of the program, teachers and partner astronomers attend a workshop
hosted by the National Optical Observatory in Tucson, Ariz. These
workshops acquaint teachers with various astronomy activities that
can be used for classroom instruction.
program highlight is an on-site visit to Lowell Observatory where
students and teachers spend a night observing at the astronomical
research facility located south of Flagstaff on Anderson Mesa. "The
students excitement - at seeing a telescope that is bigger
than they are, at watching the dome move, at seeing planets and
galaxies through the telescope - is wonderful," said Bosh.
contribution to The Lowell Observatory Navajo-Hopi Outreach Program
is part of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the companys community
outreach and giving initiative. Honeywell Hometown Solutions focuses
corporate giving and community involvement on three areas aligned
with the companys people, products and heritage. The focus
areas include science and math education, housing and shelter, and
family safety and security.
an outreach program this one is unique to Lowell since it is initiated
and carried out by astronomers," said Bob Millis, Lowell Observatory
executive director. "We greatly appreciate the support we received