Photo Gallery: 2018/19 Skynet Scholars

An epic photography lesson


The Skynet Jr. Scholars program aims to help middle and high school students lead their own scientific explorations of the universe. The museum has been proud to operate a local chapter since 2018, which meets on Saturdays during the spring and fall semester.

Our Skynet Scholars enjoy hands-on astronomy and STEM activities, but the real excitement comes in as they hone their skills accessing a global network of research-grade telescopes over the internet. Scholars even learn to use the Skynet Robotic Telescope Network to take their own astronomical images.

The program is led by Bell planetarium programs coordinator Sarah Komperud, science educator Rob Palmer, and St. Cloud State University assistant professor Felicia Leammukda. Astronomy is a lifelong passion for Komperud, who has traveled to several of the international observatories our Skynet Scholars use during the program. She is regularly “blown away” by their work and drive to develop new skills and adapt to those little science curveballs that may come up over the course of the semester (like seeing past an overexposed planet Jupiter to all 4 of its Galilean moons in orbit). As she puts it: “Science often surprises us even when we think we know what we’re doing.”

See a sampling of our Skynet Scholar’s work below. Registration for our fall session opens July 1! Learn more and register today!