Control powerful telescopes with the internet
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 to 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.
Weekly meetups for the 2018 cohort will be held on the University’s St. Paul campus:
Learning & Environmental Science (LES)
1954 Buford Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108
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:
The Bell’s Skynet Scholars chapter meets every other Saturday from 9:30am – 12:00pm.
February 10 & 24
March 10 & 24
April 7 & 21
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.
Thanks to our Skynet Scholars partners from University of Minnesota Extension & Minnesota 4-H!
We launched our first cohort of Skynet Scholars in early 2018. If your middle or high school student is interested in joining our chapter, please check back to for the announcement of our next cycle!
Email Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.