From Our Former Students
Rebecca Russell - Elkhorn, WI; Purdue University
The supplementary education I received at Yerkes Observatory during my high school years gave me the skills I needed to succeed in STEM that I would not have normally received in my regular classes. Working with astronomers, engineers, and educators across the globe gave me real-world research experience with some of the most advanced technologies in astronomy. The skills I learned at Yerkes and from all of the educators gave me the confidence to pursue a degree and career in Aeronautical Engineering. As an engineer in industry today, I know I would not be as successful as I am without all of the skills I learned from my education at Yerkes
GLAS Education Gets a Boost form the
Door Penninsula Astronomical Society
The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society exists to promote science and the interest in all things astronomical through community outreach, educational programs, and inquiry into the mysteries of our universe. We are pleased that, by sharing our portable planetarium with GLAS for the short term, it has contributed to the success of your initial events as you maintain programming and community interest in this exciting field of science. We are confident that you will build upon this as you maintain focus on attaining the goals you have set for yourselves and the community you serve. Geneva Lake Astrophysics and STEAM (GLAS Education) will, with your effort and dedication, be very successful in preserving the educational programs previously offered at Yerkes Observatory.
President, Door Peninsula Astronomical Society
In support of Kate Meredith and
Geneva Lake Astrophysics and STEAM (GLAS)
In the few years I have worked with Kate Meredith and other Yerkes educators on the NSF-funded IDATA project, I have been impressed with their passion and commitment to innovative, inquiry-oriented, and fun astronomy education programs that make the universe accessible to everyone. They bring new tools, new approaches, and a commitment to deeply attending to, respecting, and building on the insights of those who experience the world differently – whether because of different perceptual abilities, or different ways of thinking or feeling or expressing ourselves. I am sure the new Geneva Lake Astrophysics and STEAM (GLAS) organization will carry on these high quality, creative, and inclusive educational programs that engage learners of all ages and abilities. While I hope GLAS can preserve access to the historical, scientific, and technical resources of Yerkes, Kate and others’ strong connections to the local community as well as astronomy educators across the country and the world are the true keys to continuing this important work. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with Kate and GLAS.
–Jim Hammerman, Ed.D.
Co-Director, STEM Education Evaluation Center (SEEC) @ TERC, Inc.
c/o TERC, 2067 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140
Associate Universities INC Support GLAS Education
“I’ve worked with Kate Meredith and the team at Yerkes Observatory for a number of years on a variety of projects. The work this group has done in the area of astronomy education and outreach, and making astronomy accessible for all, is exemplar. Now that many of these efforts are shifting over to GLAS, I would expect this same caliber of work to continue. AUI looks forward to working with GLAS in the future to improve astronomy education and accessibility for all.”
Tim Spuck, AUI Director of Education and Public Engagement