by David Letcher, Outreach Chair
I have received two requests for our association to participate in two events in March. One is for us to bring our telescopes and do a viewing of the skies as part of Hopewell Elementary School’s Science Night on Friday evening, March 25. Their program, which is an indoor event, starts at 5:30 pm and finishes at 8:30 pm. However, it has been our experience that as parents and children leave to go home at 8:30, they often come to our telescopes for a view of the sky. So, let me know if you would like to help out. I’ll be sending out an announcement to our membership with additional details plus the location’s address.
Our second request comes from Victor Davis who tells me he is leading a Star Party in Summit, NJ on Thursday, March 24th, about 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. no matter what the weather is. Victor would like to recruit a few AAAP members, with or without scopes to come and share their knowledge and enthusiasm. Victor has participated in a program called Project Astro Nova, in which he visited Brayton Elementary School (89 Tulip Street, Summit, NJ) a half-dozen or so times during the school year to teach topics in astronomy. Victor teaches 4 fourth-grade classes totaling about 80 children. The Star Party will have indoor activities led by the school’s teachers, which will include building a comet out of dry ice, constructing an alien out of cardboard, making scale-model planets out of Play-Doh, and other astronomy-related activities. Outside, Victor and whatever volunteers he can scare up will conduct a constellation tour, an exercise in learning to use star maps, and observing with telescopes and binoculars. Victor admits that Summit, NJ is a bit far afield from Princeton–it’s not far from Newark–but I hope a few adventurous souls will make the trek to his neck of the woods.
Please let me, David Letcher, know if you are willing and able to participate in one or both of these events. Please contact me via the phone number or email address in the member roster on the AAAP website.