Under the dark night skies of West Texas and on radio airwaves transmitting across the United States, your support is keeping the journey of discovery alive.
The future of our state and nation depend upon our success at training the next generation in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Research shows that astronomy is a “gateway science” that inspires students to become interested in a variety of STEM fields.
McDonald Observatory holds public education and research at the core of its value and mission. Through McDonald Observatory’s education and outreach programs, we’re providing a gateway to ignite passion for innovation.
Your gift is more important than ever. As the McDonald Observatory enters its 80th year of operation and StarDate Radio celebrates its 40th year of programming, we need you to help us continue our legacy of education and outreach.
McDonald Observatory’s Education & Outreach in 2018 by the numbers:
2.1 MILLION daily StarDate Radio listeners in more than 300 markets nationwide
3.3 MILLION annual page views via StarDate.org and McDonaldObservatory.org
100,000 visitors a year at the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center in West Texas
THOUSANDS of K-12 students and their teachers in Texas and the U.S. reached onsite and via videoconference
With your help, we’ll continue to ignite the spark of discovery in each person who visits our facilities, providing top-notch resources to students of all ages. It’s a job we love. We hope you will continue to support that work – and the students and teachers we serve.