My name is Rob Sparks and I work at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucson in the Education and Public Outreach department. I am heavily involved in a variety of projects including the Galileoscope for the International Year of Astronomy.
I am a former high school physics, math and astronomy teacher at The Good Hope School, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, and the Priaire School. I went to Grinnell College for undergrad and got my MS at Michigan State.
In my spare time, I do improv with Not Burnt Out, Just Unscrewed in Tucson. I have performed with the Redondo Music Theater as well. Other venues I have performed include the Apple Holler, Over Our Head Players, the Riverfront Theater, the Manatee Players, the Players of Sarasota, and the Island Players. I am a distance runner and do races up to the marathon distance.
I keep in shape by doing a marathon each year and work out at Gold’s Gyms worldwide!
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