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September 21, 2010

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September 21, 2010

As the coordinator for the Dudley Astrophotograpy and Research (K)nights group, I help other community members hone their skills. We are working on several citizen sky projects, such as the Epsilon Aurigae Variable Star project and Galaxy Zoo. We have also been learning different astrophotography techniques and practicing our new skills.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own family - even my Kindergartner is excited about astronomy now.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 6, 2010

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September 6, 2010

I attended an excellent week-long seminar for middle school teachers co-sponsored by the Dudley Observatory. I learned the basics of sun-viewing, star, galaxy and nebula-watching in a nighttime viewing and generally got very excited about pushing more astronomy into my earth science curriculum. The ideas I was exposed to came from NASA, longtime eteacher experts in the field and others devoted to the astrosciences. Without this course, I wouldn't have the enthusiasm and ideas to pump up my teaching. Thanks!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its devotion to all with interests in astronomy from young children to those teaching others. The smart promotion of young talent is great, it guarantees a future of sky enthusiasts, if not future astronomers.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand their type of programs to other locations throughout NY state.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

My renewed enthusiasm for teaching astronomy.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely devoted to their field.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Spread the word about how cool astronomy is and why all of us should know more and be out there with a telescope - a lot!

Ways to make it better...

There was more nighttime viewing.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Needing a working big telescope ASAP.

One thing I'd also say is that...

We are too indundated with complex technology and forget the simple wonders of getting out on a regular basis and looking up at the sky We all have a lot to learn about our universe.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 5, 2010

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September 5, 2010

I had high expectations for the professional development (PD) program offered in conjunction with the Dudley Observatory, and I was extremely satisfied with the experience. The variety of learning opportunities offered was vast, the speakers were exceptional, and the other participants pushed my thoughts on how to reach all students. During the observational astronomy evening, middle and high school students were able to demonstrate their understanding and passion for astronomy. This excitement was made available by the individuals working for the Dudley Observatory.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

during a PD opportunity called Earth Science in Space has No Boundaries. It was obvious that the Dudley Observatory was both extending professional understanding of astronomy, and and developing a passion for astronomy with young and older individuals.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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