The following programs will be available as part of the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center Student Programs beginning in Fall 1995.

Planetarium Introduction

Grades: K-12

Length: 2 hours

Times: 9:15 AM, 11:15 AM, 1:15 PM

Presenter: Jim Mullaney
This general program demonstrates the new Digistar II projector’s starfield and graphic generation capabilities plus Sky-Skan special effects on the 30-foot diameter tilted dome of the Dupont Planetarium. Included is a “sky tonight” segment suitable for all age levels. Other subjects are available by special arrangement with the planetarium director. There will be a minimal charge for participating in planetarium programs.

Telescopes, Sungazing, and Solar Safety

Grades: 6-12

Length: TBA

Times: 9:15 AM , 11:15 AM, 1:15 PM

Presenters: Jim Mullaney, James Cadieux, and Richard Albert
This program introduces middle and high school students to various types of optical telescopes and how they work. In preparation for actual viewing of the Sun (weather permitting), the important topic of solar safety is discussed and demonstrated. Related activities include an explanation of the RPSEC’s unique obelisk sundial.


Grades: 6-12

Time: 7:30 PM-10:30 PM (depends upon season)

Dates: TBA in RPSEC newsletter and newspaper

Presenters: Jim Cadieux, Richard Albert, Jim Mullaney and members of the Augusta Astronomy Club.
Students and parents will visit the RPSEC in the evening to view (weather permitting) the Moon, visible planets, double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies, typically using a variety of both commercial and homemade telescopes. Elementary and middle school students must be accompanied by an adult. The general public, university students, and school groups are all welcome. Groups of 15 or more are asked to call the RPSEC in advance.

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