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Spring Break Astronomy Camp – Telescope Kit Included

United States
  • Ages:
    Gradeschooler, Teen

Looking for a Fun Astronomy Camp done Virtually, well this one’s Out of this World! With our Spring Break Astronomy Camp, children ages 5-10 can be inspired to think big, dream big, and to foster curiosity about an enormous universe in which the boundaries appear unlimited. The spark of interest often ignites in young minds where the ABC’s of the universe are brought to light.

Exciting week-long sessions for children with lots of fun STEM hands-on activities as they are guided into the mysteries of the universe by a real astronomer who was a consultant with NASA and worked with a space telescope. The entire week is filled with constant fun and excitement as everyone experiences a supernova explosion of new knowledge and understanding in this virtual journey throughout the cosmos. With the understanding of some simple terminology and concepts, they are better informed about space and the celestial objects that reside overhead. Some of the many outrageous activities include constructing a starfinder, using Oreo cookies to see the phases of the Moon, and building an actual telescope from a kit provided by the camp.

Topics include:
• Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe
• Roadmap to the Stars: the Night Sky Explained
• A Grand Tour of the Solar System & Beyond
• Gazing Upon a Cosmic Ocean
• Exploring the Moon & Mars and the Deep-Space Search for Another Earth
• Movers in the Sky: Comets, Meteors & Asteroids
• When Celestial Bodies Collide: Eclipses & Other Phenomena
• Telescopes: Eyes on the Universe

Many fun and educational STEM hands-on activities are done throughout the week, ending with the construction of a telescope from a provided kit mailed to your home.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

A. Define basic terminology used in astronomy and the space sciences.
1. Subatomic particles
2. Planets & moons
3. Stars & constellations
4. Star clusters, nebulae & galaxies
5. Supermassive black holes
6. Telescopes
B. Understand and state important concepts and principles.
1. Space exploration
2. Colliding galaxies
C. Apply principles to scientific calculations.
1. Speed of light
D. Interpret charts and graphs in evaluating scientific data.
1. Faces of the Moon
E. Demonstrate skill in the use of instruments and scientific reasoning.
1. Particle accelerator
2. Build a telescope


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Provider Kevin Manning


I teach exciting astronomy classes about different aspects of the universe using incredible photos, awesome video clips, and fun STEM hands-on activities. I am an astronomer and science educator with lots of experience who has been a consultant for NASA and worked with the Chandra X-Ray Observatory (space telescope) with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. I was both a Wright Fellow at Tufts University and an Einstein Fellow working with NASA Headquarters, the US House of Representatives, and the US Dept of Energy Office of Science on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and did some work with Brookhaven National Laboratory. Besides the numerous workshops I've presented over the years, some noteworthy ones include those made at Tufts University, State University of New York at Stony Brook, the National Science Teachers Association's National Convention, American Association for the Advancement of Science Breakfast with Scientists, and the National Parks Service. I'm an author and written some books on astronomy including 4 of them for children as a content specialist for Scholastic. Teaching is an art and requires patience and a thorough understanding of the subject to be able to help someone learn using various approaches and learning styles. I feel it's important to be yourself and add a little humor because that has been shown through research to help an individual relax and learn better. I love working with wood and have used it to build telescopes including one that is over ten-feet long.

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    • Monday 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
    • Tuesday 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
    • Wednesday 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
    • Thursday 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
    • Friday 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
    • SaturdayClosed
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