MESO is a “science center on wheels” to engage and excite students, teachers, and local residents with hands-on educational and research activities focused on earth and space sciences, renewable energy, and scientific instrumentation.
MESO will also include a weather station, weather balloon, photovoltaic panels, and satellite connectivity for remote tasking of the telescope, along with a transportable planetarium, digital globe, and curriculum Developed in collaboration with other like-minded organizations, and educate the general public at events throughout Colorado. A fleet of mobile labs is envisioned which will expand our outreach to additional schools. When fully realized, MESO will ignite sparks in students throughout the Pikes Peak region and beyond to pursue studies and seek careers in STEM disciplines meeting the technology workforce demands of Colorado and our nation.
This program focuses on using MESO as a resource to teach students about environmental science and climate change and to promote environmental stewardship and community resiliency to weather and climate events. We have been awarded a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support this program that focuses specifically on hydrological systems and community response to changes in precipitation, including floods and droughts.
In this program students collect and analyze data on planetary transits using MESO’s proposed 14-inch optical astronomical telescope. The telescope can operate in either an interactive or a robotic mode so students can have both the tangible experience of looking through it and the research experience of programming it to take data while they sleep. We will leverage the power of inquiry-based learning and of the intrinsic draw of the subject matter, namely the search for life in the universe, to address core science curriculum and to inspire students to pursue STEM careers.
This is our Here Comes the Sun program that focuses on the Sun and its impact on the Earth. Heliophysics lies at a unique crossroads between the inspirational wonder of astronomy and science in the service of society. As such, we will emphasize both the Sun as a star, placing the Sun and solar system within a universal context, and space weather, exploring how the Sun powers Earth’s climate system and how activity on the surface of the sun poses potential hazards to our technological society.