Solar Telescopes Come to TES 3rd Graders

TEWKSBURY’S 3RD GRADERS SET THEIR SIGHTS ON THE SUN

          “That’s so cool,” said Tewksbury Elementary School (TES) third grader Phillip Crane (right) — with Astronomer and Pearl Observatory owner John Miller (left) — of his up close look at the sun through a high powered, professional solar telescope on Monday, January 30.  The solar telescope event was part of a Tewksbury Education Foundation (TEF)/Tewksbury Board of Education multi-day program conducted by professional astronomers from the Pearl Observatory called “Wonders of the Universe,” during which the third grade builds and launches rockets, makes comets, visits a portable observatory and views the day and night skies through high powered, professional telescopes.  The astronomy residency directly enhances Tewksbury Schools third grade science curriculum, which includes a month-long unit called “The Earth, Sun, Moon and Constellations,” and helps turn abstract concepts associated with space into tangible concepts that third graders can more readily grasp.  Additional information about “Wonders of the Universe,” the TEF and TEF programs can be found