About this course
How far is the closest star beyond our sun? Why isn't Pluto a planet anymore? Why do planets seem to "wander," in their orbits? In this six-week course your children will be introduced to the night sky and all its wonders through 1) a weekly webinar with instructor, Will Boyd, with visits from guest experts; 2) weekly hands-on activities including building a backyard compass, recording and sketching the phases of the moon, creating volvelles and constellation wheels; 3) links to additional video lessons, worksheets, and reading; 4) and visiting the Washington State University Jewitt Observatory.
Class registration fees pay for weekly webinar access, class field trip (not including travel expenses), and a hands-on project kit, to be mailed to you prior to the first day of class. Kits include class worksheets, key details, book(s) or booklet(s), and project materials.
Course runs: Week of June 26 – Week of July 31
- Weekly 1.5 hour webinar, Tuesdays, 10:30-12:00 pm PST
- Half-day field trip, Saturday, July 29, Jewitt Observatory, Washington State University
- Course fee: $200; student must have access to a pair of working binoculars
- Early bird (before May 1) and out-of-area participant fee (not attending field trip): $150