Faulkes Telescope Project
The Faulkes Telescope Project provides schools and astronomical associations – mainly from the UK – access to professional telescopes free of charge, as well as facilitating participation in astronomical research projects. A strong emphasis of the project is on teacher teaching and providing extensive educational materials. It was launched by the Dill Faulkes Educational Trust, which also funded the construction of the two robotic, two-meter Faulkes telescopes located on Mount Haleakala on the Hawaiian island of Maui and at the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia. The telescopes are now operated by the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT) and the Faulkes Telescope Project is an education partner of LCOGT.
The Faulkes Telescope Project is based at the University of South Wales and is run by Professor Paul Roche. Together with Lothar Kurtze from Weinheim Observatory, who has been supporting the project from the German side since it was started many years ago, HdA provides support to German schools that have access to the telescope as part of a pilot project and also creates accompanying materials in German.