Telecon: Global Pairing Program (Audio now available)
Image courtesy AWB and Baback Tafreshi
Slides, audio, and transcripts are available at 

NSN Members joined Leo Heiland and Mike Simmons from Astronomers Without Borders for a telecon on November 18th, 2014. They discussed the latest initiative from the AWB, the Global Pairing Program: linking together clubs from around the world with clubs in the USA. NSN members enjoyed a lively Q&A session at the end with more details on this excellent outreach program.
Slides, audio, and transcripts are available at 

Below is a summary of the program.

Astronomers Without Borders Present The Global Pairing Program

Mike Simmons and Leo Heiland

Logo for the Global Pairing ProjectMike Simmons, president of Astronomers Without Borders, and Leo Heiland, champion of the Global Pairing Program, will discuss some of the latest initiatives from AWB, with special attention to their new club-focused program to bring together astronomy clubs from around the world.

Astronomers Without Borders' mission is to connect people around the world through the universal interest in astronomy. The Global Pairing Program goes right to the heart of this mission. This new program is designed to encourage clubs and individuals to pair as small groups and share their experiences and learnings about science and astronomy with clubs and individuals in other countries. 
Using Skype, AWB expects the meetings will encourage others, especially young students, to continue interest and study in science and astronomy.  Where time zones are a challenge, AWB sees potential for demonstrations of night time state side observing with children in daytime primary and secondary classrooms in places like Vietnam to Pakistan, or discussions and lectures about the cosmos. The people behind the program expect the clubs to establish the topics of common interest during early Skype online sessions. There are challenges but also much larger rewards for those who engage and participate in the program. 
The program currently has over 35 clubs wanting to pair with North American clubs.  In addition to individual support for the program, the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network  has agreed to provide telescope time for demonstrations with the GPP.  Details on the LCOGT program are yet to be detailed but this offering is exciting and should add to the program potential for enticing young minds to stay in science and astronomy studies.

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