Mini-Semester Course

learning how to use a telescope

learning how to use a telescope

In our Mini-Semester course for ages 12 and up, over 6-8 weeks your learner will:

  • Learn how to use a telescope and gain in self confidence as you practice using it over time
  • Learn about magnification and focal length
  • Track what planet or planets are visible over 6 weeks
  • Become proficient at finding constellations in the sky
  • Understand what causes our seasons on Earth
  • Chart the moon over 4 weeks measuring its altitude and azimuth with an astrolabe and your hands
  • Discover how moon phases and eclipses work
  • Walk away knowing why the North star will not always be our North star
  • Get a feel for the immense space between the planets
  • Get a feel for our place in the universe, our “universal address”
  • Understand what you can do to decrease light pollution and save our night sky
  • Understand astronomical distance scales
  • Understand the life cycles of stars
  • Learn about black holes, gravity and space time
  • Learn about Astrobiology and the search for life in the universe
  • Each night time class also consists of setting up our telescopes, touring the night sky that night, hearing a star lore story and viewing major celestial objects in my 10″ telescope.This is sure to be a confidence building experience for anyone interested in learning about astronomy!

This is sure to be a confidence building experience for anyone interested in learning about astronomy!

Inspire interest in STEM fields. Sign up for this engaging, hands-on program:

  • Covers MANY Science TEKS for grades 4-8 (4.2b, 4.2c, 4.2d, 4.4a, 4.8c; 5.2c, 5.2d, 5.4a, 5.8c, 5.8d; 6.2a, 6.2c, 6.2d, 6.3b, 6.3c, 6.4a, 6.11a, 6.11 b; 7.2a, 7.2c, 7.3b, 7.3c, 7.4a, 7.9a; 8.2a, 8.2c, 8.2d, 8.3b, 8.3c, 8.4a, 8.7a, 8.7b, 8.7c, 8.8a, 8.8b, 8.8c, 8.8d)
  • and Astronomy TEKS for grades 9-12 (AST.2 f,i AST.5 a,b,c AST.6 a,b,c,d,e AST.7 a,b,c,d AST.8 a,b,c,d AST.9 a,b,d AST.12 b)
  • Is facilitated by experienced and knowledgeable educators passionate about their field
  • Increases student’s experience with a STEM field
  • Fosters intrinsic motivation for lifelong learning
  • Gets them outside!

Spring 2016 Courses:



All night time classes are limited to 12 learners in order to maintain quality and allow for individual questioning.  To request this program for your learner or a group of learners, or to customize this program, please email me at: or call:  713-825-7978.