Professors Jessica Turner and Chuck Pearson, and the two will host a reception for the middle school students and their families in Harrison-Jones on Friday April 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m. The media and anyone interested in astrophotography are invited to attend.
For the past six weeks, Drs. Pearson and Turner, with the assistance of interns at the College, have worked with at-risk students from Virginia Middle School and Vance Middle School in Bristol, Virginia and Tennessee. The students will exhibit their photos alongside a digital exhibit at the reception. During the six-week program students were introduced to a wide variety of resources in the Smithsonian’s Micro-Observatory Telescope Network, including the ability to control the robotic telescopes via the Internet and use its software to capture their versions of the cosmos. The students’ chosen images, as well as their captions, poems, and reflections on the program, will be on display during the reception. Refreshments will be served.