- What will my student do at this event?
Students will be divided into groups of 10-15 and chaperoned through the Exhibit Hall engaging in hands-on activities with the companies and research institutions on hand. Some activities will include:
- Planetarium Show
- Exoplanet Exploration
- Understanding Infrared
- Telescopes (all kinds!)
- Dark Matter
- Studying Meteorites
- Planetary Systems
- AND MORE!
- What age groups are appropriate for this event?
This event is recommended for middle and high school students. Students in 6th and 7th grade should have a strong interest in math and science.
- May we bring younger children?
We discourage younger children as participants, but understand that parents don't always have an alternate caregiver. Therefore, younger children can attend with older siblings. Parents can feel free to step out as we will have plenty of volunteer chaperones on hand.
- Will lunch or snacks be served?
There will not be any food served. We encourage you to feed your students before the event so their brains are focused on the fun!
- My student has special needs. Can you accommodate them?
Of course! Please let us know what accommodations you require and we will do our best to meet your needs.
- How do we get to the program location?
We suggest driving, carpooling with other families or using public transporation. There are limited funds available for schools to hire bus companies. Please contact Debbie Kovalsky for more information.
- May we come late or leave early?
While emergencies do arise, in order to avoid disruption we would like all the students to arrive about 15 minutes prior to the start of the event and stay through completion.
- I don't have any students, but I am interested in astronomy. May I attend?
This event is geared specifically for student groups. There is a discounted full conference registration rate for local educators and amateur astronomers, and more information can be found on the meeting's website.
- We are a family of homeschoolers. May we come?
Of course! We encourage all types of students to attend. Parents of homeschoolers will benefit from the experience as well, and we will provide resources to continue your investigation of space science.
- Do I have to stay to chaperone the students?
We require school groups to bring one chaperone for every 10 students. Individual students or families can come with at least one chaperone. If your "individual" student is in 10th-12th grade, you may leave them alone.
- I am in college. May I attend?
If you are an astronomy enthusiast and an undergraduate at a local university and would like to attend, we welcome you. Please note that some of the presentations may be geared for younger students.
- We signed up for the event but have to make a change. How can we do that?
Please contact Debbie Kovalsky to make an adjustment to your reservation.
- What other resources about age appropriate astronomy events are available for families and schools?