Rowan University hosts ASTRO Camp for 6th through 9th graders

Rowan University hosts ASTRO Camp for 6th through 9th graders

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The Rowan University STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Center, Edelman Planetarium and Department of Physics & Astronomy will host an ASTRO Camp on July 16 to 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, in Science Hall on the Glassboro campus.

Open to students entering sixth through ninth grades, ASTRO Camp is a five-day, non-residential summer program that introduces students to astronomy and scientific discovery.

Students will experience hands-on STEM activities in astronomy and related physics. They will view the starry skies and constellations of the Northern Hemisphere, as well as the less-familiar skies of Tahiti, Australia and Antarctica in the Edelman Planetarium.

Other planned activities include:

-- Learning how to identify constellations, stars, planets, asteroids and galaxies.

-- Constructing and launching low-gravity lunar and planetary landers to demonstrate low gravity on acceleration, weight and Olympic jump height possibilities.

-- Using telescopes and cell phone adaptors to view and photograph the sun. (Personal cell phone may be used, but instructor cells phones will be available for students.)

-- Preparing daily astrophotographic records if sunspots are visible.

-- Using the award-winning Starry Night Computer Program to view future solar and lunar eclipses, “land on” the moon at Lunar Base Aristillus to view the Earth in the dark lunar sky, and “land on” selected planets and asteroids of the solar system.

-- Experiencing Introductory Trainer Drone Flights and activities, weather permitting.

The instructor is John Herrmann, Department of Physics & Astronomy. Tuition is $299 per student and includes lunch. Limited seats still are available. Visit go.rowan.edu/astro to learn more and to register.