ASTRONOMICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Astronomical Research Mission:
The Astronomical Research Institute is charitable non-profit scientific educational organization, founded in 2002, working to increase understanding and
opportunities for research in astronomy.
by providing expertise in
the field of astronomy to educators and students worldwide
by providing resources and tools to assist educators
at the high school and college level
by recognizing teachers and students who excel in the
field of astronomy and astronomy education
by providing astronomical data to students and
educators allowing them to conduct research in the classroom
by communicating and sharing the astronomy experience
with educators, students and the general public.
The Astronomical Research Institute, Inc.ís mission is to provide star images
and scientific research data to schools, teachers and students without charging
a fee for such services. ARI interprets its charitable mission of serving the
science community broadly and welcomes schools and students, not only from
United States educational facilities, but also from around the world.
Our goal at the Astronomical Research
be the best that we possibly can in research. In 2009 we achieved this
goal by becoming the top NEO Follow-up program in the world. Details on
ARI Statistics for 2009 can be found on the
ARI also finds it important to encourage
students to think like scientists as they explore the universe. We
work with students and instructors throughout the United States in astronomy, providing hands on
research projects that can lead to actual discoveries. Teachers and students
use specialized software to study star images and reduce these pictures into
usable data. It is our aim to extend
this opportunity to as many schools and students as possible.
Our second goal is to inspire students to work smarter than they ever thought
possible. All students and teachers are awarded plaques and
certificates based on their observations within our research programs.
One area of research that is
Since the late 1970's interest in astronomy among
people under the age of 30 has decreased dramatically. According to the Astronomical League, in
1979, over 34% of all subscribers to Sky and Telescope magazine were individuals
under the age of
30. Today less than 4% of subscribers come from this same age group. High school students now
than 0.005% the total subscriptions to this publication!
After judging the
2005 Illinois State Science Fair, it was noted that of the 1,700 science projects on display,
only 7 involved astronomy. We believe
that by offering teachers
the opportunity to conduct real scientific research in their classrooms, we will be able to motivate students to
seek out opportunities in science and education, ultimately changing these statistics.
Mission In Research:
The goal of
Research Institute is to help teachers and students become more actively involved in astronomy. By placing
the proper research grade tools in the hands of students, we
can show them how to take current up-to-date images and turn it into data that
makes a real contribution to the filed of astronomy. Helping teachers and students with
projects like these, will result in positive results that will
motivate students to continue on into higher education.
We also believe that by providing students with exciting
research projects, they will become better students
with exceptional study
skills with an emphasis on detail. These types of learning skills will allow students to
become better role models preparing them to become leaders among their peers.
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Astronomical Research Institute is a non-profit
501(c)(3) corporation and our funding for this research project is funded
by NASA grants
NNX07AR16G and EPO-07-813