Exploring the Stars, London 66th Beaver Scouts, April 10th, 2018

Partly cloudy sky with hazy clouds greeted 23 visitors (12 children and 11 adults) from the London 66th Beaver Scouts for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, April 10th, 2018, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Jeff Vankerkhove made the digital slide presentation “Constellations” and fielded questions. Jeff followed this with the “Constellations” activity, distributing 23 “Star Finder” planispheres, showing the visitors how to assemble them with adhesive tape, and demonstrating how to use them to locate constellations in the sky.
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Exploring the Stars, Sir Arthur Currie Public School, Grade 6, April 3, 2018

Cloudy skies greeted 24 visitors, including 22 students and 2 adults (the teacher and one parent volunteer), from the Sir Arthur Currie Public School, Grade 6, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 11:00 a.m. Graduate student Jeff Vankerkhove presented the digital slide presentation “Our Star: The Sun” and fielded questions. This was followed by the “Building Sundial” activity, with Jeff demonstrating how to cut out and assemble a sundial from a pattern on a printed sheet of paper (with the caption “I Tell Only Sunny Hours”) and then helping the students cut out and assemble their own sundials.
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Exploring the Stars, 3rd London Guides, April 4th, 2018

Cloudy, windy weather with snow flurries greeted 24 visitors (19 children and 5 adults / leaders) from the 3rd London Guides, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Wednesday, April 4th, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Graduate student Viraja Khatu made the digital slide presentation “The Scout / Guide Astronomy Badge,” with the title slide “The Basics,” and fielded questions. Viraja followed this with the “Constellations” activity, distributing 23 “Star Finder” planispheres, showing the visitors how to assemble them with adhesive tape, showing the slide “Reading a Star Finder” and demonstrating how to use them to locate constellations in the sky.
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Exploring the Stars, Covenant Christian School, Grades 5-6, March 27th, 2018

Cloudy skies and rain greeted 31 visitors, including 25 children and 6 adults (one teacher and parents) from the Covenant Christian School (Grades 5-6) in Lambeth, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, March 27th, 2018, 10:00 a.m. They were welcomed by graduate students Jeff Vankerkhove and Dan Hatfield. Jeff presented the digital slide presentation “Our Star: The Sun” and fielded questions. This was followed by the “Building Sundial” activity, with Jeff demonstrating how to cut out and assemble a sundial from a pattern on a printed sheet of paper and Dan going around and helping the children as they cut out and assembled their own sundials.
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Exploring the Stars, London District Catholic School Board Grade 7 Enrichment Class, March 20th, 2018

Clear skies with a few high wispy clouds greeted 24 visitors (10 students and 14 adults, including the teacher and parents) from the London District Catholic School Board Grade 7 Enrichment Class, for Exploring the Stars at Western University’s Cronyn Observatory, Tuesday, March 20th, 2018, 6:30 p.m. Graduate student Dan Hatfield presented the digital slide presentation “The Life and Times of Stars” and fielded questions. This was followed by demonstrations of the “Transit Demo” and Spectroscopy Demo” in the downstairs “Black Room.”
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