Welcome to Share the Skies, the nation’s first statewide initiative that enables students and teachers to study astronomy in real time during the daytime without leaving the classroom. This innovative project was developed by the Virginia Department of Education, New Mexico Skies, Software Bisque, and Virginia Tech’s Institute for Connecting Science Research to the Classroom. It enables Virginia students to access and control research-grade telescopes to explore Australia’s night skies via the Internet. Students use CCD (charge-coupled device) imaging techniques to capture digital images of deep space for further study.
At the most fundamental level, this project is intended to inspire children and those who teach them. Specifically, the program
- Enables students to study astronomy in real time during the daytime
- Helps students develop essential skills in science, mathematics, computer science, and communications
- Allows students to learn science by doing science
- Offers experiences that encourage students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
- Leverages Virginia’s existing technical infrastructure to deliver high-quality learning experiences
- Provides teachers with effective tools to improve instruction
The Share the Skies Web site provides students and teachers with access to the Internet telescope, sky maps, an image gallery, and other resources. No additional hardware or software is required, meaning that classroom computers instantly can access the program and control the telescope.
Text Taken from the Share the Skies Site