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The Governors Institute of Vermont will host a week long astronomy workshop for teenagers at the Northern Skies Observatory hosted by the Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation.

BENNINGTON>>Bennington College and the Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation will host two new Governor's Institutes this summer involving young writers and star lovers.

The Governor's Institutes of Vermont (GIV) will assist aspiring authors ages 14-19 with a full week of exposure of a writer's lifestyle. Participants of the astronomy program will use equipment at the Northern Skies Observatory to advance math and science skills, according to a release from the Executive Director Karen Taylor Mitchell.

Taylor Mitchell said there was a demand for writing this year and that the Governor's Institute strives to offer more depth to students in the area. This is also the first year the institute will work with Bennington College.

"It's really about the student demand, we knew they were clamoring for writing but we've been offering astronomy during our winter weekends and knew it would be really popular," she said. "We're really excited to collaborate with Bennington College on this."

The writing program at the college will run from June 19 to the 25th while the astronomy program will run from July 24 to the 30th. Applications on open on Feb. 1.

"We're doing something different this time separating writing out," she said. "We're really thrilled we have my institutes that happen in the winter and we always have a record turnout from Bennington County."


The Governor's Institute will receive support from VT-NASA, VT-EPSCOR and the Agency of Education to run these programs.

— Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be reached at (802)-447-7567, ext. 118.