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Telescopes to Tanzania

Eclipse day (3 November 2013)

It was a cloudy day — even a thunderstorm just before first contact was to occur.
Then — a hole opened in the sky just at the right time. (See attached photos.) and we saw 75% of the sun obscured by the moon.
We hosted more than 300 students, teachers, villagers, and local leaders at Ailanga Junior Seminary – the location for the Center for Science Education and Observatory.
In the past three weeks we taught in 10 schools – reaching thousands of students and about 100 teachers.

Here are some useful documents about the eclipse, and eclipses in general. For the KiSwahili translation, click here.

Description of the project

UNAWE Tanzania and Telescopes to Tanzania collaborate to promote Astronomy and Science Education in Tanzania

  • We offer teacher workshops to develop inquiry and hands-on teaching models,
  • We donate telescopes and other science material to schools,
  • We work in schools for events like the 3 November Solar Eclipse,
  • We create and translate materials from English into Swahili,i.e: Swahili Space Scoops and Solar Eclipse mini-books,
  • We partner with Tanzanian colleagues in forming a Community Development NGO to develop a model Center for Science Education and Observatory in northern Tanzania,
  • We are working to create a Center for Science teaching curriculum based on the national syllabus,More information at http://unawetanzania.org or email us TtT@astrowb.org

Please follow this link to download the flyer in pdf.

The OAD contributed to fund this project, which is under the aegis of Astronomers Without Borders.

See the original article here, which is reproduced below.

“Education is the path to a bright future.”

This is a common saying in Tanzania, where education is a passion. It is also the passion of Telescopes to Tanzania managers Chuck and Susan Ruehle. They believe that the children and young adults of this small country in the horn of Africa have the capacity to learn and grow to become the future teachers, scientists, and leaders in their nation, Africa, and the world.

Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world, with teaching capacity limited by a lack of basic resources such as text books and laboratory equipment. Astronomy is taught without telescopes, chemistry without labs, geography without maps.

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Telescopes to Tanzania (TtT) is working to change that.  Now a project of Astronomers Without Borders (AWB), TtT is expanding the teaching and learning capacity in many fields, including math, chemistry, biology, and astronomy. Since 2010, Chuck and Susan have traveled to on communities on Mt. Meru, a 4,566-meter mountain in east Tanzania, bringing telescopes, lab equipment, expertise, and hope.  They are continuing their work in 2012, using telescopes as part of a hands-on approach to learning math, physics, and geography in addition to discovering the Universe.

The Ruehle’s and others travelled to Arusha, Tanzania in November 2012 to hold two-week classes for 80 secondary and elementary teachers at the Mwangaza Partnership for Education Center. The generous help of supporters has allowed them to take basic science equipment and educate the teachers in the use of these scarce  resources. These dozens of teachers will in turn impact the education of thousands of students.

Telescopes to Tanzania is also partnering with the Astronomical League, the Galileo Teacher Training Program, Global Hands on Universe, and Universe Awareness to build the capacity of the teachers and schools in Tanzania.

You can also see a report on a report by Chuck Ruehle on a previous Telescopes to Tanzania visit.

For more information, contact Chuck Ruehle by email here, or by phone in the US at 262-886-3286.