Last night, we had the privilege of pitching our initiative at a work session for the bond committee, who is trying to prioritize so many district needs in order to formulate this year's bond package.
Meeting in front of 40+ committee members, stakeholders of the Mansfield community, we had 15 minutes plus questions to give a brief survey and demonstration. Scott led the demonstration and I provided a demonstration whereby I remotely-controlled the Conley Observatory at the Comanche Springs Astronomy Campus near Crowell, Texas. 222 miles away, our audience got to witness the power for the instrumentation. Needless to say, we raised some eyebrows. Despite having little time to be thorough, we feel good about leaving them with a lot of questions to ask; a ton of research to do.
We left them copies of the first revision of my Project Proposal document, which you may see for yourself here:
MISD Center for Astronomical Studies Proposal, rev.1.0 (PDF)
Please feel free to pursue the 57 page document yourself!
Our hope is that we will have the opportunity to present our programs more fully, as well as addressing keys issues regarding sustainability and overall impact in another committee meeting.