Faulkes Telescope Project
The Faulkes Telescope Project was established to inspire young students to study and take part in real science. The project was managed by staff at the University of Glamorgan when they ran a BSc Honours Degree course in Observational Astronomy that included time on the Faulkes Telescopes. The Faulkes Telescope Project can provide 1500 hours observing time on two, 2-metre astronomical telescopes, one on the island of Maui in Hawaii (Faulkes Telescope North) and the other at Siding Spring in Australia (Faulkes Telescope South). The telescope time is freely available via the Internet to schools in the UK and provides 'live' astronomical observing direct from the classroom. The telescopes were originally funded by the DFET but are now are owned and maintained by Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT).
Since 1998, the DFET has provided more than £8.5 million pounds to fund the construction of the telescopes and the educational team that support schools in accessing the telescopes. The Director of the Faulkes Telescope Projectis Dr Paul Roche, who has been involved in the project since its inception. Dr Sarah Roberts is the Education Director and Alison Tripp is the Project Administrator. The project is hosted by the Universities of Cardiff and Swansea. For more information see the Faulkes Telescope Project web site: www.Faulkes-Telescope.com and www.LCOGT.net