Welcome to the Tri-Valley Stargazers Astronomy Club's web site. There is a lot
of information here on the many activities of the Tri-Valley Stargazers
(TVS). Learn why you should join the club to get the most out of your
amateur astronomy hobby in the east San Francisco Bay Area.
Next Public Meeting
Friday, April 17, 2015
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Show & Tell and Talk starts at 7:30 p,m., talk follows
Unitarian Universalist Church
1893 N. Vasco Rd., Livermore
Next Board Meeting
Monday, April 20, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Round Table Pizza
1024 E. Stanley Blvd, Livermore
Members are always welcome at board meetings. Pizza is optional.
The Latest News & Upcoming Events
In today's highly technological world, having our students graduate with a degree
in some aspect of science is crucial. However, opposing this is our country's preoccupation
with standardization. The 'one size fits all' education model we currently
have isn't about creating innovative thinkers; it is pandering to a common denominator.
Instead, we should be personalizing our education system by striving to create
a meaningful learning experience for students based on depth of inquiry, collaboration
through trust and creativity, and development into capable, adaptable
citizens of the world. We should use real tools, real materials, and real problems to
encourage students' love of learning, curiosity about the world, ability to engage,
tenacity to think big, and persistence to do amazing things. One small contribution
to that goal are Citizen Science projects which use real data exploring real problems
that anyone can use including and especially grade-schoolers.
Todd Rigg Carriero is an astronomy instructor at City College of San Francisco. He
received his M.S. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Michigan in
2002 and has been educating students of all ages ever since. Apart from introducing
the value of critical thinking to hoards of young adults, he can frequently be
found giving astronomy night and science education policy presentations to K-12
schools around the Bay Area. Engaging kids in summer camp activities is also a special
treat. He is credited with taking the discovery images of two of Saturn's moons:
S/2000 S3 "Siarnaq", S/2000 S4 "Tarvos". Todd currently
resides in Livermore with his wife, second grader, a huge kitten, and three fish.
Upcoming star parties
We have tentatively planned the following star parties:
- Saturday, April 18, Members-only party at Tesla Vintners
- Thursday, April 23, Project ASTRO at Mendenhall Middle School
- Saturday, May 9, H2O Open House
- Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18, Yosemite Star Party
- Saturday, August 8, H2O Open House
for further information.
What's Up for February
Roland gave February's What's Up
presentation. You can see it
TVS Logo Wear
You may have seen some TVS members wearing shirts and jackets
embroidered with the TVS logo. If you are interested in obtaining an
embroidered logo item, you can do so by ordering whatever you would like
Land's End's Corporate Sales
section and specifying TVS logo #0118948. You will need to set up an account, which will
ask for the logo number and the TVS customer number (3452021).
TVS has also set up shop at
for members to buy non-embroidered TVS logo wear. You can have the TVS
logo put on t-shirts, mugs, buttons, hats, coasters, etc. You buy
through Cafepress, and Cafepress sends TVS a portion of the proceeds.
Visit the web site to see all the TVS logo possibilities.