Exploring the Stars, 110th Byron Sparks, March 20th, 2017

Cloudy skies greeted 25 visitors (14 children and 11 adults / leaders) from the 110th Byron Sparks for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Monday, March 20th, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Viraja Khatu presented the digital slide presentation “Constellations” and fielded questions. Viraja followed this with the activity “Make Your Own Constellation / Constellation Detective” showing a slide displaying 4 different patterns of dots connected with lines and having the children correctly match them with those on 4 laminated sheets—having images of 4 different constellations—distributed to them. Continue reading “Exploring the Stars, 110th Byron Sparks, March 20th, 2017”

Exploring the Stars, Ilderton Girl Guides and Pathfinders, March 9th, 2017

Partly cloudy skies and cold weather greeted 26 visitors (18 children and 8 adults / leaders) from the Ilderton Girl Guides and Pathfinders, Thursday, March 9th, 2017, 6:30 p.m. They were welcomed by graduate students Kendra Kellogg and Viraja Khatu. Kendra presented the digital slide presentation “The Scout / Guide Astronomy Badge” and fielded questions. Kendra followed this with the activity “Kitchen Comet,” making a comet from dry ice and other materials. Continue reading “Exploring the Stars, Ilderton Girl Guides and Pathfinders, March 9th, 2017”

Exploring the Stars, Thamesford 4-H Club, March 7th, 2017

Partly cloudy, later cloudy skies greeted 22 visitors (15 children and 7 adults / leaders) from the Thamesford 4-H Club, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, March 7th, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Jeff Vankerkhove presented the digital slide presentation “Our Solar System” and fielded questions. Jeff followed this with the activity “Kitchen Comet,” making a comet from dry ice and other materials. Continue reading “Exploring the Stars, Thamesford 4-H Club, March 7th, 2017”

Exploring the Stars, 120th, London Brownies, February 28th, 2017

Cloudy skies greeted 22 visitors (15 children and 7 adults / leaders) from the 120th London Brownies for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, February 28th, 2017, 6:00 p.m. Graduate student Kendra Kellogg presented the digital slide presentation “Life in the Universe” and fielded questions. Kendra followed this with the activity “Telescope Kits” with the Brownies assembling and testing simple telescopes from small reusable kits. Continue reading “Exploring the Stars, 120th, London Brownies, February 28th, 2017”

Exploring the Stars, 1st Ilderton Beavers, February 16th, 2017

Clear skies greeted 33 visitors (18 children and 15 adults / leaders) from the 1st Ilderton Beavers for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Thursday, February 16th, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Viraja Khatu presented the digital slide presentation “Constellations” and fielded questions. Viraja followed this with the activity “Make Your Own Constellation / Constellation Detective” which involved the children drawing and naming their own constellations by connecting patterns of black dots representing stars on 2 white laminated sheets, using magic markers. Continue reading “Exploring the Stars, 1st Ilderton Beavers, February 16th, 2017”