Astronomy Camp has begun!

From models to the planetarium, we use many resources to aid our exploration of science.

From models to the planetarium, we use many resources to aid our exploration of science.

April 18, 2017| Categories: Astronomy Camp, Learning, Planetarium News, Space Science

Day one has begun with our annual Astronomy Camp and our students couldn’t be more excited. Needless to say, our Museum educators are just as thrilled to begin a three-day long immersion in space and Earth science!

Students arrived this morning and got to know one another with a fun guessing game that helped us remember each other’s names. Museum educator Bobby Farlice-Rubio then began class with explaining how far we’ve come with the advancements of science and technology by covering some of the leading astronomy pioneers such as Ptolemy and Carl Sagan. We even spoke on now-gone relics that harbored hundreds of years of research such as the original Library of Alexandria.

After lunch, using a model of the famous Stonehenge, we learned how our ancient ancestors used to measure and calculate sunrises and sunsets. Students then got to make their very own solar tracker outside the Museum using the same ancient methods.

Making use of all of our daylight, we also touched on optics and light. Bobby used lasers to teach us about reflection and refraction of light, as well as displayed the ever incredible Crookes Radiometer to show us how thermal and infrared light works.

At the end of the day, we touched on the evolution of our moon. We learned about the moon’s true size and distance relative to Earth, as well as examined up close and personal the phases and orbital path of the moon in our Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium. This segment will lead into our second day when we learn more about impact craters at the Northern Skies Observatory.

We look forward to the next two days of Astronomy Camp. There is much more to learn and much more to explore, and our students have displayed a wonderful talent for using their observational skills. Check back here for more updates and all that we’re learning!


Just a reminder that Astronomy Camp 2017 is full. Find out more information here.


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