A broad base of participation...
• All over the world we find examples of youth sports
leagues being established for a new sport.
• They provide a scaffolded series of increasing
challenges to inspire and motivate the players to build
their skills, as well as a framework of competitions
and opportunities for players to test their mastery of
Correspondingly, the number and satisfaction of the
participants in astronomy-based science education will
continue to increase if we provide:
(1) open and easy entry level recreational opportunities;
(2) a series of challenging activities with steadily increasing
challenge and reward; and
(3) high level competitive experiences to allow the best, most
motivated students to test their limits and progress toward
rewarding careers in our high-tech culture.
Steadily increasing the level of challenge is
accomplished through carefully designed
experiences and play.
Skilled coaches must guide the practice and
games so that everyone gets the plenty of
opportunity to learn.
Drills must be both engaging and challenging,
with plenty of flexibility to explore various
talents while allowing the less precocious
players to catch up.
• National, Developmental Teams (USA U16 soccer team)
Ø Autonomous observatories à student research projects
• Traveling, Competitive Leagues (summer training camps)
Ø Computer controlled telescopes à peer presentations
• Local, Competitive Leagues (try-out based “club” leagues)
Ø GalileoScopes, smartphones & Web Accessed Observatories
à ownership of pretty pictures
• Recreational Leagues (everyone welcome, city leagues)
Ø Internet and hardcopy resources à classroom activities
• The students who play at low levels with astronomy
will be the base of scientifically literate citizens that
support tomorrow’s world.
Youths who played
in Recreation League sports
are the base for Professional leagues
Good sketching requires accurate rendering of:
Ø shape and proportion (relative height versus width),
Ø separation and orientation,
Ø lightness and darkness, and
Ø color (possibly).
“We need to use all our faculties to the full –
to assimilate with the scientist’s brain,
the poet’s heart, and
the painter’s eyes.”
-- Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man
William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse (1800 – 1867)
oversaw construction in 1845 of Leviathan, a 72-inch
telescope, world's largest until the early 20th century.
Hand over the learning
"Holmes, you see everything."
"I see no more than you, but I have trained myself
to notice what I see."
-- Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the