A look at the RMSC

January 26, 2009

There are currently some astronomy opportunities at the Rochester Museum & Science Center that are out of this world:


  1. The Strasenburgh Planetarium is currently featuring a star show series entitled, “The Wonders of Orion“. Each week a new star is featured under the big dome, including star clusters and nebulas that Hubble and other telescopes have found in Orion’s neighborhood. Each show includes a point-out of stars, constellations and planets you can see in the current night sky.Check the Planetarium’s website for a list of showtimes.
  2. The museum’s Education department is offering an entire week of Space-based activities for students ages 6-11. The camp takes place during the week of February break (February 16-20). Visit the museum’s website for more information about this break camp.

STEM Events to look Forward to BEFORE the end of the year

November 7, 2008

It might be hard to believe, but we are now half way through autumn and well on our way to another wonderful Rochester winter. While there are many things to look forward to in 2009, there are also many STEM events taking place in our area before the coming of the new year.

Click on the calendar above to find more information on the RAC-CEMS website

Click on the calendar above to find more information on the RAC-CEMS website

Below are some highlights:

  • A General Astronomy Meeting will be held at RIT tonight at 7:30pm
  • The Elementary Science Program (ESP) will hold 3 free PD workshops on various topics for specific grade levels (2nd, 3rd, and 4th)
  • The Finger Lakes Institute will be hosting a number of community-based science presentations including a special three day event about the Love Canal neighborhood.
  • Numerous grant and award applications are due for 2009 awards.
  • And, on clear Saturday nights, the telescopes at the RMSC Planetarium will be in operation by the friendly members of Rochester Academy of Science (call ahead to double check).

More details on all of the above events can be found on the RAC-CEMS calendar at: http://www.raccems.org/events

If you know of an event that is not on our calendar, please let us know so we can add it to our listing.

Astronomy Image Repositories for Teaching

October 22, 2008
Moons, Rings, and Unexpected Colors on Saturn

Moons, Rings, and Unexpected Colors on Saturn

As a former Kodak employee and a visual learner, I believe that a picture is worth a thousand words. Pictures draw interest into almost any topic and at any age. They also raise curiosity in the unknown.

How can you explain to children the beauty of Saturn, of it’s rings, and of it’s moons without using a picture such as the one above? The look on their faces and the questions they come up with should be priceless.

Here’s a web page that has links to 61 web astronomical image repositories and has suggestions on how to start using them.

Images on the Web for Astronomy Teaching: Image Repositories

How can a teacher use this in the classroom?

How can parents use these pictures to generate interest in the study of astronomy in their children?