Young Astronomy Enthusiasts from Ilboru

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At Ilboru primary school with the total of 1250 students there are different subject clubs but Geography and Science clubs are the ones with huge number of students. This is due curious nature of the students and nature of the two subjects towards responding to their curiosity. What interest them the most is the relation between what is up in the sky in connection to their environment.

On today’s night standard five students wanted to know more about nearby planets which we can see at night like Venus and Jupiter. And most of the students were happy to learn about these planets with the aid of different resources like telescopes, as seen in the pictures.

DSC00458They were amazed with the distance between these planets from the Sun and number of days and time used by these two planets to rotate and revolve. Example Venus is 108 million km, Jupiter is 779 million km from the Sun. And Venus take 224.7 Earth days to revolve around the Sun and has a diameter of 12104 km, while Jupiter takes 12 Earth years to revolve around the Sun once with diameter of 139,822 km.

Beside planet watch the students had a chance to learn about many other things like they dying of stars and different types of start clusters like galaxy and others. On understanding the two planets of Venus and Jupiter they were able to understand their structure as one being rock planet and the other gaseous planet.

DSC00467The students and teacher are thankful to UNAWE, Telescopes to Tanzania and Astronomers without Boarders for taking the science of astronomy to their school and capacitate their teacher to teach them and create link of astronomy and their classroom studies.

However Ilboru students posed some question of which they would like to get response from others.

  1. Are there organisms living in these other planets?
  2. For those who are going there how are they able to survive?
  3. Can’t their spaceships fall and how are they controlled?

Ilboru students would like to get response from fellow students in other place and learn together.

DSC00461By Eliatosha Maleko and translated from Swahili by Mponda Malozo

Maasai Cancer Warrior Fight and Hope for Tanzania Science

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Worrier of CancerAugust 27th— it has been three weeks since the diagnosis of cancer for Chuck.   In that time he has spent all but three of days in the hospital.   Today he is home resting and preparing for the next round of impatient chemotherapy likely to begin later next week.  Alongside us from day one has been an amazing Doctor, who yesterday wrapped  himself in a Maasai Shuka blanket when he visited Chuck sharing the latest updates and information.   Together with the fantastic staff on  3 B at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital, the myriad of Doctors needed for the various complications of cancer and Chemo—  a  Cancer Warrior team has formed.   Today, we are grateful for all of the prayers from around the world….all of the friends and family who stand ready to help and for our faith which helps us cling to the hope of tomorrow whatever that entails.

Meanwhile, the work in Tanzania is healthy and growing.   The Ambassadors continue school visits sharing current information on Pluto and the Kuiper belt which they learned this past July and introducing the use of telescopes to students and teachers in 24 secondary schools.

The Board of the Centre for Science continues to work tirelessly to secure the site for the observatory.    They now have the site, a contractor,  and have begun the task of clearing the land for construction.

And, the Racine Astronomical Society is preparing the Cave Cassegrain Telescope for use in Tanzania.

In the promise of the advancement of science education in Tanzania and  a bright future for the children we continue the journey  in hope.  We are thankful for the prayers, cards, emails and support for Chuck and the ongoing work of Telescopes to Tanzania as we give thanks for each day.

Sue Ruehle