Wanted: An Astrophysics Program for an 11 Year Old


I have an 11 year old granddaughter who wants to study astrophysics. She probably has the ability to do so, but will need guidance beyond a “nice,” lock-step school program. She has read a Stephen Hawking’s popular press book, etc. Any suggestions about online programs or perhaps a school that would consider guiding her learning? Yes, she’s been fluent with a Tablet PC for over a year.

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.


  1. There is a great book called “A quest for the theory of Everything” By Kitty Fergusen. Staphen Hawking tries to use less words, which it a little difficult to understand what he says. Kitty Fergusen Explains all of hawking’s theories in a relatively simple way.

  2. Thanks for the tip. And best wishes in your studies of astronomy. I went to your blog, MyCyberHome. You offer many interesting ideas for educators. Others may appreciate them also. Let us know of your progress.