Skynet Scholars

Radio telescope

Skynet Scholars is a FREE program for middle and high school students that puts them in the driver's seat to conduct their own scientific explorations of the universe. Scholars learn how access a global network of research-grade telescopes that serve professional astronomers and students alike over the internet. They will get to experience hands-on astronomy and STEM based activities including the use of robotic telescopes to take their own astronomical images. Learn more about the national Skynet Jr. Scholars program & the Skynet Robotic Telescope Network.

The Bell's Skynet Scholars chapter meets every other Saturday from 9:30am - 12:00pm. See dates below.
January 27
February 10 & 24
March 10 & 24
April 7 & 21
May 5

Registration

Skynet Scholars launches January 27 and space is limited! Registrations will be taken on rolling basis.

To get started, download and fill out the Registration Packet:

  • Registration form (required)
  • Waiver form (required)
  • Medication form (if applicable)
  • Student Self check-in form (optional)

Once complete and signed, email the your registration packet to Katie Bridges at bridg143@umn.edu. You will receive an email confirmation that we received your packet within two business days.

Location & More

Weekly meetups will be held on the University's St. Paul campus:

Learning & Environmental Science Building
1954 Buford Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108

Suggested Parking

Temporary curbside parking will be allowed on the east side of LES building during drop-off/pick-up times -- 9-9:30 am; 12-12:30 pm -- be sure to turn on your vehicle's flashers. Longer term parking can be found in these nearby lots:

Gortner Avenue Ramp
Continuing Education & Conference Center Lot

Program Leaders

Sarah Komperud is the Bell Museum's Planetarium Programs Coordinator. Astronomy is a lifelong passion for Sarah, who has traveled to several of the international observatories our Skynet Scholars will be able to access during the program.

Rob Palmer is a PhD student in STEM Education at the University of Minnesota. He has taught 7-12th grade science for over 20 years, and currently researches using astronomy as a gateway to interest students in studying STEM.

Program Partners

Thanks to our partners from University of Minnesota Extension & Minnesota 4-H!
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