San Mateo Campground Sky Watching

The sky was clear and full of planets and stars to look at, for our public outreach tonight. We joined the OC Astronomers for this event, and everyone had a great time, including the camp rangers.

De Portola Elementary Camp Out

Thank you, De Portola! Science Heads had a great time showing you the planets and stars tonight. Our science and crafts stations were well-attended, with most of the kids coming away with starlight cups and straw rockets.

Mobile Observatory Ribbon Cutting

Mobile observatory ribbon cutting

Our Mobile Observatory is officially open! At the Mission Viejo public library, and accompanied by speeches from mayor Wendy Bucknam, Science Heads Executive Director, Richard Stember, and other local dignitaries, Science Heads cut a ceremonial ribbon for the MOBS.

See the coverage from the Orange County Register.

Our celebration event featured science-themed stations demonstrating photosensitivity via make-your-own sun prints, leverage, rapid oxidation (burning) of steel, safe sun viewing, geometric patterns, blood composition, and jet propulsion.

Look at our events calendar for many upcoming events!

Come to Our Mobile Observatory Open House, April 10th, at the Mission Viejo Library!

Bring the whole family for a free afternoon of fun and educational activities!

Science Heads Inc. and the Mission Viejo Library are celebrating National Library Week with Free Science Activities.

The afternoon will begin at 12 noon with a ribbon cutting event for Science Heads’ new Mobile Astronomical Observatory. The observatory will then be open to the public from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

A map is available on the event’s Yelp page.

Free activities include:

  • Safe Solar Viewing using the observatory’s specialized solar telescope
  • Explore the Solar System with NASA Interactive 3D Software
  • Fun science related activities for both children and adults

This event is appropriate for children 4 years and older and adults.

The Mobile Observatory was a hit in our first outing, at Lake Forest Elementary
The Mobile Observatory was a hit in our first outing, at Lake Forest Elementary

Rancho Cañada Elementary Science Night 2017!

It was overcast, so we didn’t get to do any stargazing, but we still had a great time with crafts and hands-on activities in the Astronomy room.

Our handouts for the night were our updated “Meteor Showers of 2017”, “How Do Telescopes Work?”, and two on eclipses:

 

Rancho Cañada Elementary Science Night 2016

The Moon was about 90% full

Was a blast! Amy brought a tub full of flour and some balls to be our model impactors.

Students gathered around the meteor impact display
Students gathered around the meteor impact display
Our crater-making arena, a tub half-full of flour
Our crater-making arena, a tub half-full of flour
Impact!
Impact!
Aftermath! Many different sizes and shapes of craters
Aftermath! Many different sizes and shapes of craters

The rest of the Science Heads crew operated the telescopes, viewing the Moon, Jupiter, the Pleiades, and the Orion Nebula.

Our handout for the night was on the meteor showers of 2016:

Lunar Eclipse in the Orange County Great Park

Moon rising over Saddleback, in eclipse

Informal gathering to watch the lunar eclipse. There was a great turnout, many people in the park to watch the moon rise in eclipse.

Eclipsed moon over the Great Park balloon ride
Eclipsed moon over the Great Park balloon ride
A picture of the fully eclipsed moon from an earlier lunar eclipse, in 2014
A picture of the fully eclipsed moon from an earlier lunar eclipse, in 2014