The Sunwheel Project

The long-running Sunwheel Project involves the construction of sun wheels all over the world starting at UMass Amherst. The project brings a greater awareness and understanding of astronomy to school children, University community members and the general public. In Amherst, the sunwheel - located south of the football stadium - is a gathering spot for people to visit and learn about the sky together through regular public gatherings posted on the website (and usually timed with the equinox and solstice events). Several lessons have been created for teachers of middle school classes and up for educational purposes relating to the sunwheel, too,.

Program Type: 

Impact Area: 

Program Impact Region: 

Program Participation: 

Open to the public. The community can choose to participate.

Program Start (and End Dates): 

October 1, 1995

Partner(s): 

United States

Program Director: 

Professor Judith S. Young

Program Director's Email Address: 

Program Contact: 

Judith S. Young

Contact Email: 

UNIT: Colleges, Schools, Departments, Centers, and Institutes: 

College of Natural Sciences/Astronomy

Student Involvement: 

Yes

This Project Receives External Funding: 

Yes

Assessment Mechanism: 

No