6th Grade Star Party a Great Success!
4/30/2012 6:23 PM
As planned, the 6th grade students and their parents arrived in 3 staggered
waves. They began their evening in our Star Lab with a presentation given by
Belmont High School’s new Astronomy teacher, John Loosman and several of his high
school students. From the Star Lab, 6th graders moved to the cafeteria where they
sipped hot chocolate and enjoyed displays by perennial favorites Bob Phinney,
Director of the Clay Observatory and Bruce Tinkler, ATMOB. This year we were joined
by MIT Prof. Rob Simcoe, a specialist in telescopes optics and Dr. Pat. Udonprasert
from Harvard’s Worldwide Telescope program. The 6th graders delighted in trying out this dynamic software both on laptops and then on a large projected screen with 3-D
glasses. A special last addition was the presence of Harvard Prof. Alsysaa Goodwin.
From the cafeteria, 6th graders wandered outside where there were a dozen
telescopes set up. Members from the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston were
terrific in sharing their telescopes, enthusiasm and expertise with the students and
their parents. Several Belmont families had also brought their telescopes, as had BHS
teacher John Loosman. Plenty of students and plenty of telescopes led to great joy
and no lines.
Special thanks to all the 6th grade science teachers who accompanied their
students, to the many parent volunteers who managed all the logistics and to Ben
Ligon and Peggy Eysenbach for developing and leading this special night of learning.