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opportunity for the
community, our
students, and you!

The Rural Night Sky

RECON: Who We Are; What We Do

Research and Education

Cooperative Occultation Network.
A Citizen Science research project

Funded by NSF
Involving teachers, students astronomers,
and community members
From the Canadian to the Mexican border
To map the Kuiper Belt.

The Kuiper Belt

Beyond Space: Why is this Important?

We want to contribute
to knowledge AND
inspire STEM
professionals among
our rural students.

A Possible Remedy: Start STEM Early

Retention through better preparation: scientific
competencies of students in high school, then college.
One approach: providing students hand-on training to
apply classroom knowledge to real-world problems.
Students behave as scientists, work with scientists and
strengthen STEM readiness.
Building budding astronomers throughout our rural

Whats the caper?

Be a part of a team
Train to use highly specialized equipment
Learn cutting edge scientific methods
Promote students interest in science
Encourage students STEM aspirations
and college preparedness.

Glimpses of the future.

Our Commitment to Our Volunteers

The Project Team provides overall leadership.

Volunteers do important work not make-work.
We will match your skills with assignments.
We will recognize your contributions.
We will capitalize on your talents and interests.
You will be well trained for any task assigned.
Technology will facilitate project coordination.

Join Us!

Our Rural Night Sky

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