Laguna Coast Wilderness Park Public Outreach

At the Nix Nature Center off Laguna Canyon Road we had a night viewing event with some of the OC Astronomers. A June marine layer clouded us out again, but we had 50 or so who visited our virtual solar system tour.

Thank you to the park visitors, volunteers, and staff for a fun evening! We’ll be back on October 28th for View the Moon night!

Woodland Elementary Camp Out

A beautifully clear night in June at last! Our first time setting up the Mobile Observatory on grass had its challenges, but the night sky was worth it.

We had the solar system tour going at the back of the trailer for the group waiting to look through the telescope. For most of the night we were looking at Jupiter, which was spectacularly clear. Late in the evening Saturn got high enough in the sky that we could switch over and get a nice look at the rings.

Linda Vista Elementary Camp Out

We had a blast at the Linda Vista camp out (delicious tacos, as well!) Students were trying their hand at the lever demonstration, the impact crater tub, blood tub, and several other stations that we set up before sunset.

We got mostly clouded out for star viewing this week as well, but got to show Jupiter to about 20 of the campers, and did our virtual tour of the solar system with the rest.

Del Cerro Elementary Camp Out

Wow, this was such a busy day! A NASA video crew came out to videotape our operation with several classes of Del Cerro students visiting the mobile observatory. Then we stayed for the camp-out at night.

The weather didn’t cooperate for star watching, but we did have the simulated solar system tour operating in the observatory, and several science and craft stations to entertain and educate.

We didn’t take pictures, but here’s an interview that Richard Stember did last month!

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.

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: