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Directory of Ambassadors: Mike Ford
Mike Ford
Mike Ford
Member Since 1999

Holton, Kansas


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Biographical Information:

Mike Ford has been an amateur astronomer for over 40 years, working mainly with total and grazing occultations in the early days. Now, he works with active galaxies, blazars, near earth objects and comets. He has also had a lot of interest in the Jovian planets and their exploration. For the past 20 years, he has been a professional educator. He began teaching sixth grade science in Holton, Kansas and then moved to the high school to teach astronomy, earth science and broadcast journalism. Some of his achievements include the Toyota TAPESTRY Award for CCD Imaging in 1993, Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Award in 2000, Milken Family Foundation Award for science education in 2001, and Distinguished Kansan of the Year in 2001 for science education. From the Christa McAuliffe award, his school district built the first robotic observatory in Kansas. For the past ten years, he has been involved in working in astronomy education with much of his work done in the portable planetarium.

Mike received a B.A. in Communications from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas

and an M.S. in Geosciences from Mississippi State University in 2000. SOLAR SYSTEM AMBASSADOR MASTER TEACHER

Past Events Hosted By This Ambassador:

Red, White and Blue Science Conference
Wichita School District

Astronomy Day/Celebration of Physicls
Holton School

Astronomy Day 2006
Elk Creek Observatory

Public Mars Observing
Elk Creek Observatory

Past Events Collaborated On By This Ambassador:

General Observing
Banner Creek Science Center & Observatory

Observe the Moon Night
Banner Creek Science Center

Observing the Super Moon
Banner Creek Science Center & Observatory

Eclipses: Fact, Fiction, Folklore, & Fun
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Eclipse Talk and Observing
Banner Creek Science Center & Observatory

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Last Updated: 13 Feb 2017