The following text was copied from http://www.fundageek.com/project/detail/549/Telescopes4Teachers with permission from project leader Douglas Arion. This re-post is intended solely for the promotion of the project and it's goal of promoting science education.
was developed during the 2009 International Year of Astronomy to
provide a high quality but inexpensive telescope kit to introduce
people to telescopes, optics, and the night sky. Over 200,000 have been
produced and delivered to over 100 countries, and a donation program
during the IYA put 7000 into third-world nations.
The Galileoscopes has been extremely successful - educational materials have been developed for teachers - including the Galileo Teacher Training Program in Europe and the Teaching with Telescopes program developed by National Optical Astronomy Observatories
in Tucson, AZ. Instructions have been translated into many languages,
and there is a huge installed base of telescopes and programs. Check
out a Google Images search on Galileoscope, and you'll see them used
all over the world!
Now, we want to put Galileoscopes into
schools here in the States - by raising funds to donate Galileoscopes
into classrooms through our new telescopes4teachers.org
program. Everyone agrees that science education needs a boost. The
Galileoscope - designed for education - is the perfect tool. We want
to get 5000 into classrooms by the time school starts in the fall. Yes
- that's only a fraction of the students in the country - but it's a
good start. If that's successful, we can move forward to reach even
more students. Teachers, schools, and school districts don't have the
discretionary funds to buy supplies, much less a great teaching tool
like the Galileoscope - we're going to have to find ways, like Fundageek,
to get the funds to put telescopes into classrooms. telescopes4teachers
is operated through a 501(c)(3) nonprofit - so donations are tax
deductible in the US.
How best to do that? Designate a teacher
or school to receive a Galileoscope, or, better yet, a case of six. We
need $50 to send a Galileoscope to a classroom, or $200 to send a case.
Tell us who should get it, and we'll send it!
Other Ways You Can Help
the teachers in your area know about this program - perhaps they can
get the word out to the parents of their students, who can help make
science education a reality in their schools. Talk to people who are
into astronomy - or science education - and let them know how cool this
is. And do a Google Images search on Galileoscope - you'll be amazed at
how they're being used all over the world - then share those pictures
with those who can help us out.
Vist: http://www.fundageek.com/project/detail/549/Telescopes4Teachers if you wish to contact Douglas Arion, download documents for the project, or pledge funds for the project.