Monday, October 5, 2009

OSA: Join the Galileoscope Challenge & Inspire Students Around the World


Dear FPC Member,

For as little as $26, you can help enrich the science studies of a student in need!
In support of the International Year of Astronomy the OSA Foundation has launched the Galileoscope Challenge to raise funds to purchase and distribute thousands of high-powered telescope kits to students around the world. Special priority will be given to students from developing nations and underrepresented communities.

I hope you will make a contribution to the Galileoscope Challenge today!
About the Galileoscope...The GalileoscopeTM is a high-quality, low-cost telescope kit developed by a team of leading astronomers, optical engineers, and science educators. No matter where you live, with this easy-to-assemble, 50-mm (2-inch) diameter, 25- to 50-power achromatic refractor, you can see the celestial wonders that Galileo Galilei first glimpsed 400 years ago and that still delight stargazers today. These include lunar craters and mountains, four moons circling Jupiter, the phases of Venus, Saturn's rings, and countless stars invisible to the unaided eye.

Constructing and using a Galileoscope is a terrific learning experience for students of all ages, and the Galileoscope Challenge is a wonderful opportunity for our community to encourage the next generation of innovators!

Donations can be made online or if you prefer to receive a donation form in the mail, please contact Meredith Smith, OSA Foundation Director.

Thank you for your consideration and support, I will keep you updated on our progress.


G. Michael MorrisChair, OSA Foundation

The OSA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization registered in the state of Florida (Re. # CH: 29018). A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES (800-435- 7352). REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION. All donors receive special recognition and acknowledgements, unless they request to be anonymous. All donations to the OSA Foundation are matched dollar-for-dollar by The Optical Society.

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