Over the past two months I have been very fortunate to be working alongside NASA Space Grant Graduate Fellow, Pacifica Sommers, as she has developed broad based overnight science trips up Mt. Lemmon. These trips have culminated in an overnight stay at the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter where the students have learned how to operate the 20 inch Jamieson Telescope at the mountains summit.
While our public observing programs continue to flourish and grow, these educational trips are a new facet of our programming, and already one of the most rewarding. Feedback from students and teachers that have come on these trips has been excellent and we have already learned many lessons as to what works and what does not work with a bunch of middle school students.
While I am posting a few images below, I encourage you to read the UA News article that goes into some depth about these trips.