A Week with the Stars by: Diana Wiig

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The author describes how students experience the weeklong summer astronomy camp on a college campus. One favorite student activity is nighttime viewing of the skies, in which students learn to use telescopes to view galaxies, star clusters, and the past. Students learn patience, caring for each other, cooperation, and a sense of community at the camps.

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  • on Mon May 06, 2013 4:47 PM

Western Wyoming Community College offers an astronomy summer camp to 20 students. Daytime activities are community-building activities and daytime astronomy experiences and in the evenings the children do nighttime-viewing of the heavens a distance out of town. Further reading through this article one learns how the camp is set up and what the children in this residential camp for grades 4 through 8 do. This camp is still in existence and is open for any resident in Wyoming.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:03 AM

The author provides an outline of how she designed an astronomy camp for 4-8th grade students incorporating college and community resources. The information includes day and evening activities and field trips. More information on funding sources would be useful, but overall it is a good resource for anyone interested in developing a similar program.

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

  • on Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:35 PM

This article shares the basics of setting up a successful astronomy camp from advertising with posters through implementation. While at camp, students experience “observable astronomical phenomena, such as lunar eclipse and comets” to areas of student interest. The process outlining student involvement is clearly set out and easy to follow or modify, based on your needs. Within the article is a sidebar with the ABC’s of telescopes, identifying the three basic types. Also within the article is a SciLinks code, SC0241 which comes up “wolves” instead of astronomy. A keyword search within SciLinks using Astronomy yields 11 teacher and 14 student sites.

Sandra Gady  (Renton, WA)
Sandra Gady (Renton, WA)

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