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.
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.
We will be bringing the Mobile Observatory to do some sun-watching on Earth Day, Saturday April 22nd.
More information is available on the event’s web page.
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!
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.
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:
Informal gathering to watch the lunar eclipse. There was a great turnout, many people in the park to watch the moon rise in eclipse.
We had leaves imported from Idaho (thank you, Rose!), and crayons for making leaf rubbings.