|Our campers learned more about the planets of our solar system by playing planetary bingo!|
|Playing "Share Our Planet."|
Tuesday’s theme was constellations. One of our counselors gave a Star Talk planetarium show to the campers where they learned about the different stars and constellations visible from our area. We then learned more about other constellations and made representations of some of them. Campers even got to create their own constellations with special stories behind them!
|Ask your camper about the legend behind Ursa Major!|
On Wednesday we learned about space exploration. The campers made their own space training programs, tried out using astronaut gloves, and learned about the difficulties of living in space. Campers let their creativity run wild when they made their own space craft! They went above and beyond the general needs and put extra features on their ships. Then the groups were able to make their own rockets and test out what helped them fly. Older kids tested out different types of fins on their straw rockets while the younger kids tried out different levels of “rocket fuel” in their alka-seltzer rockets.
|Working on the space crafts|
|Working with "astronaut gloves" is hard work!|
|Red group with their alka-seltzer rockets|
Thursday was all about comets. The groups watched a special planetarium presentation called “Impact Earth,” and then got to learn about the different parts and features of comets through a demonstration. Campers were also able to create their own comets on a stick; be sure to have them show you their comets and tell about the different parts!
|Making a comet with household items.|
The theme for our final day of Space Explorers Week 1 was "All Things Space." Campers put on their scientist thinking caps and explored "space dust" and hunted for dust around the museum to compare it to dust in space. We then learned about our galactic address and made a galactic mobile!
|Searching for dust around the museum.|
Overall, it was a great week! We are so happy to have had these campers and we hope to see them again later this summer!