Starry Sky Austin

Meridian School Science Saturday

April 21, 2016 Uncategorized 0

Joseph and I had a lot of fun with the students and community from the Meridian School Science Saturday event. We brought our set up for designing and testing out proper light shielding to prevent light pollution and save our night sky and an activity called “Pocket Sized Solar System” from Project Astro. The best part of this activity is to see the wheels spinning in those minds as kids choose materials to design their own shield. Seeing them imagine then create is such a joy.

 

 

Street light before shield

Street light before shield

Street light after shield

Street light after shield

 

 

 

Here is Joseph helping kids and adults to create a scale model of the solar system that fits into about 1 meter of adding machine tape. The best part of this activity is that kids are always surprised about how much ’empty’ space is actually out there all around us. It’s also pretty great that they can take it home with them and reflect on what they experienced.

Joseph leading "Pocket Sized Solar System"

Joseph leading “Pocket Sized Solar System”