PentAstro is a project dedicated to organizing once or twice monthly “Astronomy on the Pentacrest” nights. Undergraduate and graduate volunteers from the University of Iowa Physics and Astronomy Department will set up and man telescopes in teams of 2 or 3 at different locations on the Pentacrest for anyone passing by to look at various astronomical objects through. These volunteers will point out planets and constellations, answer questions, and potentially give short “micro-lectures” on not only “hot” but also local topics in astronomical research. The overarching goal is to increase public awareness of and interest in astronomy and science in general, as well as the Astronomy and Physics Department. Furthermore, the goal is to bring science to the public rather than making the public come to science; to make science accessible and interesting to people of all ages and backgrounds, and help them feel welcomed and engaged by the scientific community.
Copyright © 2016 Erin Maier
Maier, Erin, "PentAstro" (2016). Latham Science Communication Project. 2.