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Welcome to 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. 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.

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Become a Scholar

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

Meet the Astronomers of SJS.

Professional Astronomers Work With You

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.

Learn More About the Telescopes.

Control Powerful Telescopes Using the Internet

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.

Welcome ASL Users

Welcome ASL Users

Skynet Junior Scholars is expanding with help from staff and students at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf (WSD). SJS resources that were created for people who use American Sign Language are now being put to the test. By the end of the six-week program that is being held at WSD and Yerkes Observatory, many improvements are expect to be made. As a final project, these first students will be creating their own videos in ASL to help the next group get started faster and go further. Thanks WSD! Watch the video.

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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.

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Scientists from LIGO to make important announcement at 10:30 AM. Gravitational Waves???

Feb 11, 2016

You can tune in to youtube, I think to watch live streaming of this press conference which is widely rumored to contain an announcement of the FIRST EVER detection of Gravitational Waves! Here's the link

Educators and Youth Leaders! Applications for Workshops at Yerkes and NRAO are NOW Open!

Jan 27, 2016

Two Face to Face workshops have been finalized for the spring:

Yerkes Observatory March 17-20, 2016 National Radio Astronomy Observatory April 7-10, 2016

Visit the Workshop Application Page for more information!

We're at the American Astronomical Society Meeting!

Jan 20, 2016

Skynet Junior Scholars is well represented at this prestigious annual astronomy conference with 4 posters and a talk! See: for more info about the meeting.

Astronomers and other educators and students have been by to find out more about you, your work with robotic telescopes and want to know how they can join! We posted pdfs of the posters on the Resources page and on the Forum. Hey-- You might see one of your images on one of the posters!

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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.