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Paper: Pushing Glass: Engaging Young People in Astronomy Through Amateur Mirror Making Classes
Volume: 400, Preparing for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy: A Hands-on Symposium
Page: 552
Authors: Larsen, K.; Slater, K.H.; Drew B.J. V
Abstract: One of the activities utilized by amateur astronomers to excite the general public about astronomy is mirror making. This activity requires few basic skills other than patience and perseverance, and the proper instruction. This poster reports on the results of a study of mirror making classes conducted by nine amateur astronomy groups in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic U.S., including class organizers’ reflections on their successes and challenges in recruiting and retaining young men and women through the completion of a workable telescope mirror.
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