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Friday November 8th 2002

Featured Speaker

Dr Gil Clark
Project Manager/Director, Telescopes In Education / Mount Wilson Institute

Assisted by OCA Member and TIE Volunteer Matthew Ota

Telescopes In Education program at Mt Wilson with Live Remote Telescope Demonstration.

photo curtesy of TIE web site

The Telescopes in Education (TIE) program brings the opportunity to use a remotely controlled telescope and charge-coupled device (CCD) camera in a real-time, hands-on, interactive environment to students around the world. TIE enables students to increase their knowledge of astronomy, astrophysics, and mathematics; improve their computer literacy; and strengthen their critical thinking skills. Telescopes In Education is a program sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and developed through the efforts of numerous volunteers, businesses, and supporting organizations including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

The TIE program currently utilizes a science-grade 24-inch reflecting telescope located at the Mount Wilson Observatory, high above the Los Angeles basin in the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California. The telescope has been used by students in grades K-12 to observe galaxies, nebulae, variable stars, eclipsing binaries, and other ambitious projects and experiments. Hundreds of schools in the US and around the world (including Australia, Canada, England, and Japan) have successfully used the prototype telescope on Mount Wilson. Through TIE, students have rediscovered and cataloged a variable star and assisted the Pluto Express project at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to revise the ephemeris (orbital location) for the planet Pluto.

Left Gil Clark is pictured next to one of the TIE telescopes (a 14" Celestron) mounted on top of a paramount mount from Software Bisque.

TIE director, Gilbert A. Clark, received the Clifford W. Holmes Award for Innovative Telescope Design on behalf of TIE.

- The TIE project receives support from NASA, and California Institute of Technology (Caltech). · TIE has been invited to demonstrate remote telescope operation and conduct workshops at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA). · The TIE project has been extensively covered by the print and broadcast media, including the following publications (in alphabetical order): Astronomy (twice), Atlantic Monthly, Audubon, Boys Life, Microelectronics, National Geographic, Natural History, Nature, Popular Science, Science Education (British Council), Scientific American, Sky & Telescope (9 times), Smithsonian, and hundreds of European magazines and journals. TIE aired as a feature story on the premiere of Microsoft NBC News, the Sci-Fi Channel Inside Space science program, and has been widely covered by other televised news programs. TIE has been referenced in over 8,000 publications, websites, and broadcast media.

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