A virtual camp with one day of socially distanced rocket launching!
April 12-16, 2021
Ages 9 to 14
What does it take to get to the moon? Let the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium help prepare you to become a Citizen of the Cosmos! With some imagination and ingenuity, we’ll find out how to build and launch our own rockets — testing to see which models fly highest or furthest. We’ll also take a look at the latest images from space and discuss the possibility of life on faraway planets. Astronomy Camp is led by science educator Bobby Farlice-Rubio. We’ll meet online in the morning and afternoons, with time in between for kids to build and experiment with rocket designs at home. Then we’ll gather for a final day outside to launch those rockets!
For four days, we will meet virtually to discuss the latest news, discoveries, and science concepts coming from our recent missions in space. Black Holes! Gravity Waves! Exoplanets! Stars that look like they’re salsa dancing! Every space topic is up for exploration!
We will also ask our ancestors to show us the stars, as they were seen in ancient times, in the traditions of many nations. We will learn the lessons gained from the past, like how gravity and telescopes work, to see the future of space exploration and humankind’s place in it. For the first time, this year we will also get to talk to a real-life rocket engineer from a new aerospace company based in nearby Brunswick, Maine!
Do you want to build a rocket? The last day of Astronomy Camp will be dedicated to gathering safely in-person to launch our home-made rockets! We will all meet at an open field near the Museum to launch the rockets that you put together at home, with our guidance. Every participant will receive a box of materials to be used in our activities before the camp begins. In addition to having group meetings online and engaging in some self-directed activities offline, all participants will have the opportunity to have an optional one-to-one virtual discussion with Bobby at some point during the camp.