Skynet Junior Scholars (SJS) is designed to engage young explorers in the study of the Universe using the same tools as professionals. The SJS web portal connects middle and high-school aged youth with activities, resources and guidance to become scholars of the sky. SJS is funded by the National Science Foundation and targets 4-H programs and other out-of-school programs focused on STEM learning. Learn More About the SJS Adventure.
Skynet Junior Scholars come from everywhere. Youth participating in 4-H clubs, other youth clubs, after school programs, museum programs or summer camps are all welcome. It is part of the SJS mission to continually improve access to the sky for people of all abilities. Sign up for SJS.
SJS youth join a scientific learning community as they use Skynet telescopes, share their work with each other and interact with astronomers, engineers and other Skynet scientists. Meet the Astronomers of SJS.
Scholars complete investigations using world-class telescopes in the United States, Chile, and Australia. In addition to telescope access, SJS has created Explorations to guide youth. Explorations range from how to use a robotic telescope to how to create a scientific investigation using data from their own astronomical images!Learn More About the Telescopes.
For Youth Leaders and Informal Science Educators. Do you lead a U.S. based out‐of‐school time program, youth group or club, work or volunteer for a U.S. informal education facility? Are you a 4-H leader? If you answer yes to any part of these questions, youth in your out-of-school-time programs may join SJS after you complete an SJS professional development workshop. You will learn how to conduct investigations with Skynet telescopes, practice hands-on activities to share in your program and learn techniques to develop the scientist/engineer within every young person.
If you are a young person, please encourage your out-of-school time leader to participate in one of our workshops.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Numbers 1223687, 1223235 and 1223345. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.