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Wednesday, April 25 News

Students participate in telescope network

A panel of Washington Montessori School eighth-grade students recently joined the White House and NASA guests for a look through Slooh’s Global Telescope Network as part of the White House Astronomy Night.

Slooh hosted a special broadcast in conjunction with White House Astronomy Night, featuring a “tour of the universe” through the lens of Slooh's remote telescopes located around the world.

In keeping with the educational spirit of the White House event, Slooh invited a panel students from the Washington Montessori School to present their favorite celestial objects and answer questions from esteemed guests.

To prepare for their presentations, WMS students used Slooh Classroom.

Officially launching in November, Slooh Classroom is a live space lab for students in grades four through eight built on a global network of robotic telescopes.

“Broadcasting from Slooh on WH Astronomy Night was a perfect opportunity for WMS students to get involved with hands-on STEAM science, to showcase their research and presentation skills, and to be at the forefront of kids inspiring kids to explore the sciences,” said Kerry Doton, the head science teacher who has guided the students throughout the research process.

White House Astronomy Night began in 2009, and brings together scientists, engineers, and others from astronomy and the space industry to spend a night sharing their experiences with students, while stargazing from the South Lawn of the White House.

Slooh was invited by the White House to participate in the way it does best, by broadcasting the stars live to viewers around the world, since after all, not everyone can fit on the White House lawn.