Art and Science of Light and Color

Ever heard a student exclaim, “But, I’m an artist!!”  This experience connects art and science by exploring the basic physics of light, color, and pigments. Students will learn about applied spectroscopy, differences between light sources and additive (light) colors vs. subtractive (pigments).  A perfect way to inspire art-minded students and science lovers, alike!

Recommended grades: 6th and above


Dynamic Earth

What makes Earth unique? What can we learn from rocks?  How can what we learn about Earth be applied to other planets and moons? Students will explore Earth’s atmosphere and geology and learn how it is related to our planetary neighbors.   

Recommended grades: 3rd to 7th


Final Frontier

What does it take to have a successful robotic or human spaceflight? What space technologies are used to propel and protect spacecraft?  Students will work together to accomplish a mission—after first tackling the questions: How will we get there?  How will we survive on a different planet?

Recommended grades: 3rd to 7th


Imaging Our Universe

How do we observe the universe we're in, and where do those space images come from?  This Experience features several fields of investigation on what we see and how we see it.  Topics include: How Galileo used simple telescope observations over time to prove that Venus orbits the Sun, not Earth; Introduction to optics, using optical-bench setups; How telescopes work; Principles of reflection and refraction; Prisms and lenses; using a replica of the 1675 Cassini telescope; Imaging problems caused by our own atmosphere; modeling our atmosphere.

Limited to two topics per school session; maximum 20 students per session.

Recommended grades: 6th-12th


Lunar Recon

Explore the Moon!  Students will discover what can be learned from lunar shadows, the distance/size relationship between Earth and the Moon, lunar positions during its phases and eclipses, as well as the methods scientists are using to currently learn more about the Moon

Recommended grades: 3rd to 7th


Ancient peoples like the Maya were able to establish remarkably accurate calendars using the stars and other elements in the sky.  Using actual artifact imagery, this experience provides an introduction to base-20 math, calendar systems and explores their basis in astronomy. Math content can be adjusted to students’ abilities.

Recommended grades: 6th and above

Maya Math and Astronomy


Spectroscopy

Learn the basics of spectroscopy, the study of light itself.  Modern astronomy is the only field where you literally can't touch what you're observing, so all we get is the light from celestial objects.  Fortunately, that light holds a lot of information about the object being studied.  Students will learn about what spectroscopy is, Kirchhoff's Laws, use handheld spectroscopes for the Kirchhoff-Bunsen Experiments, observe the spectra of gas tubes, and how using the Electromagnetic Spectrum it applies to astronomy and our own lifestyles.  For advanced levels, there are expanded topics available; please contact us for details.

Limited to two topics per session, maximum 25 students per session.

Recommended grades: 6th-12th


Stellar Forensics

Spectroscopy is the foundation of modern astronomy, and one of the most important astronomical tools is the H-R (Hertzsprung-Russel) Diagram. It plots stars on a graph by showing the relationship between a star's brightness versus its surface temperatures, denoted by color.  

Students will learn about the history of this Diagram, how to interpret it, and how astronomers use it in stellar studies.  An introductory spectroscopy lab is included.

Maximum 30 students per session.

Recommended grades: 7th-12th