Have you always wanted to have a real telescope for your astronomy outreach and education activities? Universe Awareness, in collaboration with the Belgian initiative Sterren Schitteren voor Iedereen and Science 4 Girls, is giving away 5 Bresser Refractor telescopes to the Universe Awareness network to support astronomy educational activities with children around the world.
The telescope is a refractor Bresser 80/900 and will be delivered with a simple home built mount. The equipment comes complete with telescope tube, viewfinder, zenith prism, two accompanying eyepieces and the mount. This telescope can be used to observe the Moon, the planets of our Solar System, some of their moons, and the most bright Messier objects (for example the Orion Nebula, globular clusters and binary stars).
How to participate
Submit 1 paragraph (max 300 words) describing how and where you would use the telescope to inspire underserved children with astronomy. Priority will be given to activities that take gender into account and that pay special attention to the inclusion of girls in astronomy.
Please also include how many children and/or teachers you aim to reach, and whether you can have technical support available to help you with the building, use and maintenance of the telescope. Send your submission through this form before 30 September 2017.
Submission is open to Universe Awareness network members from any country
Submissions will be judged on creativity, impact, feasibility and sustainability of project. Please note: the telescopes are meant for educational and outreach activities, not for individual use.
Only one entry per group/individual will be accepted
The closing date for the competition is 30 September 2017. As long as it is 30 September somewhere in the world, applications will be accepted. Winners will be announced by 31 October 2017.
All entries may be displayed on the Universe Awareness and Sterren Schitteren Voor Iedereen websites and on social media.
Winners will be sent a telescope (in several packages) with a tracking number. Information about the educational value of the telescope will be included. The recipient of the telescope will be responsible for any local expenses (like customs taxes). It is not possible to resend the telescope, so accurate address and contact phone number should be provided.
For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.