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What is Skynet Junior Scholars?

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.

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Who Are the Skynet Junior Scholars?

All are welcome. It is part of the SJS mission to continually improve access to the sky for people of all abilities.

Skynet Junior Scholars come from all over

  • Youth participating in 4-H clubs
  • Other youth clubs
  • After school programs
  • Museum programs or summer camps

Work With Professional Astronomers

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.

Control Powerful Telescopes With the Internet

Scholars complete investigations using world-class telescopes in the United States, Chile, and Australia.

Check out our telescopes
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!

Ready to lead a group?

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?
  • lead a 4-H group?

Youth in your out-of-school-time programs may join SJS after you complete an SJS professional development workshop.

In our workshops 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 or engineer within every young person.

Not an an adult? If you are a young person, please encourage your out-of-school time leader to participate in one of our workshops.

Apply to a workshop today!

Recent News

Nov 9, 2016

STEM Career Showcase Nov. 9th, 2016

Chris Mathews and Tia Bertz, Skynet Junior Scholars, present Nov. 9th, 2016 during the ​4th STEM Showcase for Students with Disabilities. Keynote is Joshua Miele, PhD, at Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute.

Nov 9, 2016

NEW! Self-paced Leader Workshop

We are now offering a self-paced workshop option for teachers and youth leaders! An online orientation meeting is required, but after that teachers and youth leaders may proceed through the activities at their own pace. Please help us recruit new leaders! More info and Applications can be found here: