Gifted & Talented Students Have an Out of this World Experience

The North Jersey Astronomical Group hosts public telescope night on Montclair State University’s campus

MONTCLAIR, N.J. – On Thursday, May 2, 2013, The North Jersey Astronomical Group (NJAG) invited the public to Montclair State University’s campus to view Saturn and Jupiter using telescopes. The NJAG is a dedicated group of individuals who enjoy sharing their love for astronomy with others. The event was run by Dr. Marc Favata, an assistant professor of mathematical sciences at Montclair State University.   

Many students from the Gifted & Talented program attended the event with their families and friends. For these families, this was an opportunity for the gifted students to learn about astronomy through the eyes of individuals who are passionate about the subject. With an interesting topic such as space, it is no surprise that parents were just as enthusiastic about the event as their children. “The enthusiasm of the instructors, students and parents made the night special for everyone,” explained Rebeccah Newman, interim associate director of Montclair State’s Gifted & Talented Program. “We know a lot of parents and guardians are looking for fun and different ways to encourage their gifted children. The NJAG provided a perfect opportunity to create a positive shared learning experience for our gifted families.”

The NJAG hosts the public telescope nights on the Montclair State University campus on clear Thursday evenings in the spring and fall. To learn more about the upcoming telescope nights, visit

About Montclair State University’s Academically Gifted & Talented Program
The Academically Gifted & Talented program provides engaging courses designed to meet the unique intellectual and social needs of high-ability students. The program provides students with a balance of the humanities, performing arts, mathematics, and the sciences. Courses stimulate higher order thinking skills and include a diverse array of topics such as forensics, robotics, fractals and infinity, debate, animation, graphic design and more. Students delve into topics of personal interest while engaging with other students who have similar abilities and passions. Gifted students in grades K-11 have an opportunity to enroll in courses delivered over nine weekends in the fall and spring, as well as a six-week summer camp.