Mar 29, 2008: Girl Scout Overnight Astronomy Camp (V)
May 28, 2008
The RIT Observatory has hosted several special events
for local Girl Scouts recently:
Our latest overnight camp took place on March 29, 2008,
when we finally had both clear skies and
relatively warm temperatures.
All 40 scouts, and their leaders,
had a chance to see the stars (and Saturn)!
You can look at
our schedule for the night (and next morning).
We arranged the Scouts into four groups and
rotated them through a set of four activities.
If the pictures below aren't enough for you,
the complete album of pictures
from the Astronomy Overnight.
- Stacey Davis (NTID) helped the girls
to make "star wheels". After making the devices,
the scouts went outside and used their wheels to find
- Christine Trombley (CIS graduate student)
and Lucy Hatfield (CIS postdoc)
explained why some of the planets (such as Earth and Mars)
are almost perfectly round, while others
(such as Jupiter and Saturn)
look slightly squashed.
The scouts built their own centrifugal spinners
to investigate ...
- Tracy Davis (Physics) and
Roger Easton (CIS)
gave the scouts a chance to see Saturn and
other objects through the Observatory's telescopes.
- Michael Richmond (Physics)
explained how scientists use the spectrum of a star
to determine its chemical makeup.
Just put on these magic eyeglasses ...
Early the next morning,
I put out the fixings for breakfast
and made several pots of strong coffee.
The scouts and their leaders
gradually woke up,
and headed home.
For more information
- Resources for making star wheels
- Resources for spectral analysis
Last modified 5/28/2008 by MWR