The Travelling Telescope

Special topic: Astronomy Education Beyond the Classroom
5th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Wednesday Nov. 29, 2023
UTC: 8:05 p.m. - 8:20 p.m.
Thursday Nov. 30, 2023
UTC: 12:35 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

The Travelling Telescope is a social enterprise dedicated to promoting science and technology using astronomy tools and concepts. We take our computerised portable telescope and mobile planetarium around Kenya and Tanzania educating the public about our universe and emphasizing the importance of protecting our fragile planet. We focus on two main areas, Education and Tourism. We are the youth partners of Airbus Foundation and have successfully completed robotic workshops with them. In addition to this we have delivered online 3D modelling workshops using Tinkercad, a product of autodesk. We also recently built a permanent planetarium with the dome built out of bamboo. This is the only permanent planetarium in East Africa.

About Owen Susan Murabana

Susan Murabana Owen is the co-founder and the CEO of The Travelling Telescope, a
social enterprise dedicated to promoting astronomy in Africa. Her team takes their
large portable telescopes and mobile planetarium to schools and public spaces,
engaging students in Astronomy. The Travelling Telescope also partners with lodges
educating and entertaining tourists about the beautifully Kenyan night skies. Her
company recently built a fixed planetarium “The Nairobi Planetarium” with bamboo.
Her company is the youth partner of Airbus Foundation. The Travelling Telescope
won the Europlanet award for science engagement 2020.
Susan serves on the board of world space Week, is one of the UNOOSA space for
women mentors. She was the founding president of African Planetarium Association
and serves on the board of International Planetarium Association. She is the
national co-ordinator Universe Awareness. She has been featured on CNN African
voices, BBC and other local and international media houses. She is passionate about
quality education for all.