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


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 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!