Progress Elementary - October 2, 2017

posted Oct 3, 2017, 5:54 PM by Jim Twellman
While you were at Camp Cuivre River (for Dardenne Prairie Elementary) last night, Steve Boerner and I were at the Camp Sherwood Forest (for Progress South Elementary), and had just a great time and great view!   The ooh's and aah's from the kids were there, as I remember in the past.  It was again an uplifting experience to give the kids a thrill to look thru a good scope to see details of an object they normally can only see pictures of.

First, the weather was near perfect: clear skies, a light breeze, low humidity, and no mosquito's!   What?  Yeah.  The skies of course were lit up with the moon, but the moon was not yet full, so the craters was target #1 in my 8 in newt, and when Saturn popped, it was target #2 in Steve's 12 inch.  For the kids, this was a show in itself to remember.   Steve brought a small refractor for a full moon view, but it was unattended, and I had my red-lit poster board with a SkyMap chart and standard flyer intro on the club and Star Party etiquette (rules), but the operated scopes were the show.

For those who haven't been to one of these, the kids, at this camp, are brought in small organized groups 25 (approximately).  In our case, that was 5 groups of 25 coming every 20 minutes.  Add teachers and camp counselors and you had a group of at least 30.  The group was broken into 3 sub-groups for each scope.  Yes, Progress South has 125 5th grade'rs!  Quite amazing.  What this means is besides a short intro discussion by the principal, Steve and I, there is just enough time for one kid to look thru each scope to view one object on that given scope.  If we had another operator/scope owner, that would have been one more object the kids would have had a chance to view.  I agree, 3 staffed scopes would have been best, but we had a great show, despite the limitation.

Thanks for helping to make this happen.  I think the Ft. Zumwalt camp program is great experience for the kids.

Tom Richards