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Party With the Stars
Friday, April 21 • 8:00-9:30 pm Find out what objects are currently in the night sky and where to find them. Following the indoor presentation, we will set up telescopes outside, weather permitting.
Space Place family workshops are offered during the school year on Saturdays at 10 a.m. for
children ages 6-10 and their parents. The workshops are free and open to the public. No registration is required.
April 22 - "Crash Test Cars" - See if you can design a car that will keep a passenger (egg) safe in the event of a crash.
April 29 - "Elephant's Toothpaste" - Experiment with produsing a chemical reaction that looks like foamy toothpaste - enough for an elephant to use!
May 6 - "Foil Boats" - Design little "boats" out of aluminum foil to investigate how their size and shape affects much weight they can carry.
Space Place guest presentations are always free and open to the
public, and are offered the 2nd Tuesday of every month.
Tuesday, May 9 • 7:00-8:00 pm
"At Play in the Cosmos"
Games Education and Research
This presentation captures the design process of developing a game for undergraduate students enrolled in an astronomy class. Mike Beall, the Director of Gear Learning at the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research (WCER) will provide audience members with a walk-through of the game's design. In addition, he will discuss how the Gear Learning team works with content experts to embed complex scientific content in an engaging way.
Friday, April 21 • 7:00-8:00 pm
Build and learn to use your own telescope! We will construct the telescope, help you learn to use the lenses that are included, and give you some tips for observing. The fee for the workshop is $35 which includes the Galileoscope telescope kit. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the workshop.
What are the top ten astronomical events you don't want to miss this year? One is, of course, the Great American Eclipse in August but here are nine others you might want to watch for throughout the upcoming year.
Moon Over Monona Terrace (on Monona Terrace Rooftop) Friday, April 28 • 7:30-9:30 pm
Young and old alike are invited to view the moon and other celestial objects through a multitude of different telescopes. The evening will begin with moon viewing only, and will progress to different objects as the sky darkens. Activities include short kid-friendly presentations on the moon and other celestial phenomena, and a kid’s fun zone with educational games and prizes. Sponsored by the Madison Astronomical Society.