Dept of Physics and Astronomy donates telescopes

Release date: February 03, 2009

In the course of upgrading the Lewis Observatory, the Department of Physics and Astronomy replaced its portable 8-inch telescopes with a new array of computer-controlled 6-in scopes.  In an effort to help benefit the local educational community, the Department arranged to donate the four 8-inch models to local high schools. 

On Feb 3, we delivered two telescopes to the Science departments at Western High School and adjacent Baltimore Polytechnic High Schools in Baltimore, MD.  Pictured below, Asst. Professor Ben Sugerman is seen with Anitra Washington, the chair of the Western High Department of Science. 

 

This telescope will probably live on the roof of their building in a glass-enclosed greenhouse they are currently finishing.  Dr. Sugerman will take members of the Physics and Astronomy club to Western and Polytechnic in March to train some of the students on how to use the telescopes.  Science students from these schools have also been invited to come to our Public Observing nights to use our larger facilities.  We look forward to all the great things that Western and Poly students will see looking upward!