Re: [humanism-174] Fwd: NASA'S NuSTAR Reveals Flare From Milky Way's Black Hole

From: Tim C.
Sent on: Thursday, October 25, 2012 7:26 PM
I would be happy to put together something for the kids there.  I can do a general talk on astronomy in general or I can talk about the sun or various galactic sights such as globular and open clusters and nebulas!  The folks at CMNH are great as well!!!!  And I can always enlist some of the club members to bring scopes etc.!
Tim
 
 
In a message dated 10/25/[masked]:26:45 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, [address removed] writes:
Tim if you ever want to do a presentation at Beachwood schools I will do my best to get you in, prepare for it, and be your assistant for the show!   :)




On Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 11:18 AM, sheri presloid <[address removed]> wrote:
Great info to know!  Thanks to both Linas and Tim.  See you soon at the meetups! :)


On Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 10:02 AM, Linas K Muliolis <[address removed]> wrote:
Beechwood schools have something called Fifth Grade Family Night at the Planetarium, at the Nat History Museum.. I took my fifth grade son (and daughter) two years ago and this year I got my ex to take them as my daughter is in 5th grade now..

:)

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On Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 9:46 AM, Tim Campbell <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Sheri!
 
Can't really say. I've only been involved with the Avon program which was for middle and grade school--enthusiasm and interest was high--and the library programs which seem to draw the younger kids.  Also our public star parties usually draw parents who are mostly bringing younger kids. 
 
Internet is cool as information resource, but I have found that the hands-on programs (or more accurately EYES on!) have the biggest effect.  There is nothing quite like putting your eye to an eyepiece and SEEING Saturn or a nebula or a star cluster!
 
Tim
 
In a message dated 10/25/2012 9:21:12 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, [address removed] writes:
Tim:

I don't have children, so I am curious:

When you are showing / teaching school children astronomy and such, what percentage of those are interested or fascinated with astronomy and our universe?  Also, do you notice a difference between elementary school children's interest vs. high school students?

This is where the internet is great for children to learn about the universe and such.  

I found this site:  http://www.esa.int/esaKIDSen/OurUniverse.html European Space Agency site has great stuff!





On Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 9:05 AM, Tim Campbell <[address removed]> wrote:
Well, there are going to be school systems that are run by the loons and their kids will suffer.  However, there are a number of school systems that ARE progressive and in which science is considered important!  For example, the Avon school system holds a SCIENCE DAY every year at one of their middle schools.  More than 2000 students and their parents attend, and displays and projects are provided by a number of local outfits including NASA and as of last year, my astronomy club.  We brought literature and telescopes and answered questions and set up a solar scope outside for the kids to look through!  This event showed what can be done when teachers and parents WANT the kids to learn!
 
Tim
 
 
In a message dated 10/24/[masked]:21:19 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, [address removed] writes:
That would make life so much more fulfilling. But the fundies would claim we're trying to dominate our culture with our facts and statistics and evidence and stuff. You know, only the shit that brought us all the modern conveniences of life. So yeah I'm all for it.

On Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 9:33 PM, Tim Campbell <[address removed]> wrote:
In a word or two: qualified teachers.  As part of the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association, we do outreach to the community at large. We do public star parties and give talks and do programs at local libraries.  The enthusiasm is out there, and the teachers are enthused to have us do what we do, but often their knowledge base is either low or often out of date.  But the article is correct in that modern astronomy is the field that tells us where and what we are and how we really relate to the rest of the universe!
 
Tim Campbell
 
In a message dated 10/24/2012 6:06:55 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, [address removed] writes:
That is crazy!  I thought this article was great:


I think this article sums it up.  Children do not learn (unless their parents are into it) about space and the universe.  I honestly did not get into it until about 10 years ago.  I can read about the universe all day and night on the internet.  I don't know too many children that are exposed to it and I think if they were, they would love it too.

I went off the subject a bit, but still - look how fascinating it is to us when we learn something new?  With the technology today, it seems that every day we are learning something new they found in our universe.  Children today would benefit so much from it.  Just as the article reads in one paragraph:
 




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