Past Youth for Astronomy and Engineering Program Events

2014 Events

Fall 2014

Astronomy Club Fall 2014 Session Two

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Twenty-seven students and their parents attended the second Astronomy Club Fall Session. After registration (staffed by Catherine Riggs and Marvin Harris), Dr. Brandon Lawton, Dr. Bonnie Meinke, and John Maple assisted students in a hands-on activity, “Oh Really? Science Myths Revealed”. Students were broken into middle and high school groups, and explored lenses with Dan McCallister and Bonnie, and John and Brandon. The students built and kept their own refracting telescopes, and returned to the auditorium for a wrap-up session. Tania Anderson then made closing remarks and shared information on Baltimore City Youthworks and the High School Internship Program at the Institute. Photos of the morning program were taken by Michele Sharko.

Photos Astronomy Club Session Two

Engineering Club Fall 2014 Session One

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Photos Engineering Club Session One

Astronomy Club Fall 2014 Session One

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Photos Astronomy Club Session One

Summer 2014

Family Night at the Institute

Friday, July 25, 2014

Photos Family Night July 25

Family Night at the Institute

Friday, July 18, 2014

Photos Family Night July 18

Middle School Science Educators' Workshop

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Photos Educators' Workshop

Spring 2014

Women's Science Forum for High School Girls with Parent Workshop

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Photos High School Womens' Science Forum

Women's Science Forum for Middle School Girls with Parent Workshop

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Photos Middle School Womens' Science Forum

Engineering Club Spring 2014 Session Two

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Photos Engineering Club Session Two

Astronomy Club Spring 2014 Session Two

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Photos Astronomy Club Session Two

Engineering Club Spring 2014 Session One

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Photos Engineering Club Session One

Astronomy Club Spring 2014 Session One

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Photos Astronomy Club Session One

2013 Events

Fall 2013

Astronomy Club Final Session

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Space Telescope Science Institute/Maryland Science Center

32 students and parents attended the YAE Astronomy Club Fall Session. After registration (staffed by Rickell Sheppard and Catherine Riggs), all participants boarded a school bus to visit the Maryland Science Center. Students participated in a solar observation with Rich Stein. After the solar observation, students and parents explored the various exhibits that the Maryland Science Center offers. Last stop was the planetarium, where students learned about our galaxy. Photos of the field trip were taken by Michele Sharko.

Photos Astronomy Club Final Session

Parent & Son Evening Under the Stars

Friday, November 8, 2013

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope

96 participants attended the YAE Parent & Son Evening Under the Stars. After registration (staffed by Darlene Spencer and Catherine Riggs), Joe Pollizzi gave a talk titled, Engineering the Ground System for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Tania Anderson, YAE Program Manager, then led a hands-on career activity. Students communicated with one another about what would make them a good engineer and what they could improve on, while creating a web with a skein of yarn. The night ended with a visit to the Morris W. Offit Telescope with Duncan Watts. Vanessa Thomas and Lucy Albert set-up smaller telescopes outside the observatory for participants to view the night sky. They were able to observe the surface of the moon and various stars. Photos of the program were taken by Michele Sharko.

Photos Parent & Son Evening Under the Stars

Engineering Club Final Session

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Space Telescope Science Institute/National Electronics Museum

30 students and parents attended the final YAE Engineering Club Fall Session. After registration (staffed by Rickell Sheppard and Catherine Riggs), all participants boarded a school bus to visit the National Electronics Museum. Students toured the museum and engaged in hands-on activities led by museum staff. Students learned about the evolution and advancement of defensive technology. Photos of the field trip were taken by Michele Sharko.

Photos Engineering Club Final Session

Astronomy Club Session Two

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Space Telescope Science Institute

32 students and parents attended the YAE Astronomy Club Fall Session. After registration (staffed by Rickell Sheppard and Darlene Spencer), Dan McCallister and Brandon Lawton discussed the progression of telescopes. Students then explored lenses with Jessica Kenney, Dan McCallister, Brandon Lawton, and Vanessa Thomas. Each student received and built a Galileoscope. Vanessa Thomas answered questions from students and parents. Brandon Lawton ended the morning with closing remarks. Photos of the program were taken by Michele Sharko.

Photos Astronomy Club Fall 2013 Session Two

Parent & Daughter Evening Under the Stars

Friday, October 18, 2013

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope

56 people attended the YAE Parent & Daughter Evening Under the Stars. After registration (staffed by Rickell Sheppard and Michele Sharko), Elena Sabbi gave an astronomy talk about 30 Doradus, Birthplace of Giants and Dwarfs. Tania Anderson, YAE Program Manager, then led a hands-on career activity. Students communicated with one another about what would make them a good leader and what they can improve on, while creating a web with a skein of yarn. The night ended with a visit to the Morris W. Offit Telescope with Duncan Watts. The participants were able to observe the surface of the moon. Photos of the program were taken by Michele Sharko.

Photos Parent & Daughter Evening Under the Stars October 2013

Astronomy Club Fall 2013 Session One

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Space Telescope Science Institute

Twenty-one students, their parents, and educators attended the YAE Astronomy Club Fall Session. After registration (staffed by Rickell Sheppard and Michele Sharko), Dan McCallister, Brandon Lawton, and Jessica Kenney gave an interactive infrared (IR) camera presentation. The IR camera detects thermal energy. In learning about the IR camera, students also learned about the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). JWST's goal is to study galaxy, star, and planet formation in the universe by observing infrared light. Students were then divided by grades to explore light and color with hands-on activities. Brandon concluded the morning with a brief wrap-up. Photos of the morning program were taken by Michele Sharko.

Photos Astronomy Club Fall 2013 Session One - September 21, 2013

Engineering Club Fall 2013 Session One

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Space Telescope Science Institute

A total of 47 students, parents, and educators attended the second YAE Engineering Club Fall Session. After registration (staffed by Rickell Sheppard and Michele Sharko), Dan McCallister and Brandon Lawton were assisted by Rolanda Taylor in presenting the various types of Engineering. Students were organized into teams by grade, created team names, and engaged in the Engineering Game activity.

The students then were presented with the Marshmallow Challenge. They drew a design of their structure that would be made out of spaghetti, string, and masking tape, and had to withhold the weight of a marshmallow. The groups then built their structures. The 7th graders structure won by only a few centimeters. The 10th graders were a close second. Fun was had by all!

Dan then discussed the latest from Hubble Space Telescope with the group. Tania Anderson ended the morning with her closing remarks, and shared information about future YAE events, as well as summer opportunities for Baltimore City participants to intern at Space Telescope Science Institute through the Mayor's Office YouthWorks Program. Photos of the morning program were taken by Michele Sharko.

Photos Engineering Club Fall 2013 Session One - September 7, 2013

Summer 2013

Family Night at the Institute

Friday August 2, 2013

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope

Attendance was high, with 157 participants from our community, as well as seven other Maryland counties (Charles County being the farthest), attending this evening's event. After registration, Tania Anderson introduced the Guest Speakers, Dr. David Soderblom, Dr. Lou Strolger, and Dr. Susan Kassin of Space Telescope Science Institute. Their presentation was titled, "Our Place in the Universe", and began with the video, "The powers of 10", followed by talks on the Big Bang, galaxy formation focusing on the Milky Way, and planets. Participants viewed the sky through the YAE Celestron Telescope set up on the parking garage roof by summer interns Rupe Dodkins and Nimisha Kumari. The night ended with stargazing, and even a view of Saturn and its rings, at the Offit Telescope at JHU's Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy.

Photos Family Night at the Institute August 2, 2013

Webcast

Family Night at the Institute

Friday July 12, 2013

Space Telescope Science Institute

83 people attended YAE Family Night at the Institute. Due to the inclement weather, a trip to the Morris W. Offit Telescope at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy was canceled. Instead, Duncan Watts, the Observatory Technician, gave a brief presentation about the Offit Telescope and extended an invitation to the weekly open house. Franklin Institute Astronomer, Dr. Derrick Pitts, then gave an interactive presentation on lunar myths, both ancient and modern. This included the moon's effects on us and our planet, as well as myths about our visits to the moon.

Photos Family Night at the Institute July 12, 2013

Webcast

Middle School Educators' Workshop

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope

Six educators attended the YAE Middle School Educators' Workshop. After registration, Dan McCallister gave an introduction. This was followed by a presentation on Saturn's Rings by Dr. Bonnie Meinke. Next, Dan McCallister and Dr. Frank Summers spoke about Solar System misconceptions, and led Solar System hands-on activities. Tania Anderson provided a briefing on future YAE events and distributed registration packets to the participants. The educators finished up the day with a tour of the Morris W. Offit Telescope in Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy building, in which Observatory Technician, Duncan Watts, provided an engaging daytime viewing experience for everyone.

Photos Middle School Science Educators' Workshop June 25, 2013

Spring 2013

Astronomy and Engineering Clubs Final Spring Session

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope

This session marked the final meeting of the Astronomy and Engineering Clubs. This session was specifically for the students from both clubs to meet. Tania Anderson began with opening remarks and introduction of the Guest Speaker for the day, Dr. Paige Smith, President of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network. Immediately following the talk, Tania Anderson distributed certificates of participation to each student. At 11:45 a.m., students and parents were led to the Johns Hopkins University Physics Fair in the Bloomberg Building on the JHU Homewood campus. Students and parents were allowed to participate in lectures and hands-on activities at various stations throughout the four story building, including the viewing of sunspots through the Offit Telescope. At 1:45 p.m., the students were gathered and returned to STScI, where they were dismissed.

Photos Astronomy and Engineering Club Final Spring 2013 Session, April 13, 2013

Women's Science Forum for High School Students

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope

The Youth for Astronomy and Engineering Program hosted the Women's Science Forum for High School Students. This notable, one-day event got underway with the registration of 24 student and 9 parent participants. The group gathered in the auditorium where they were welcomed by Tania Anderson, Manager of the YAE Program. Tania introduced Karen Levay from the Archives Office, who presented a talk, "It Takes a Village to Run an Archive". The presentation provided students with information about the diverse skill sets required to maintain data in the Barbara A. Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST). This was followed by light and color activities that focused on the electromagnetic spectrum and its role in astronomy. After this activity, the students split into groups at various stations to interact with female scientists, Dr. Rosa Diaz, Erin Elliott, Jessica Harris, Karen Levay, Dr. Elena Sabbi, and Denise Smith to ask questions about their daily work and contributions to the Hubble and future James Webb missions. While the students were involved in their activities, the parents were dismissed to the Boardroom, where Holly Ryer engaged parents in a discussion about opportunities for them and the students to explore. Immediately following the discussion, Dr. Diaz gave a presentation to parents, titled "From Stars to Galaxies." Students then headed to the café for hands-on light and color activities, which included viewing objects through various lenses, and a poster activity on how the eye interprets color through colored lenses. Students and parents regrouped for an opportunity to discuss the events of the morning. Three high school girls from Western High School were in the café conference room exploring with lenses during this hands-on activity, and were able to build their very own Galileoscopes. After lunch, the students engaged in an interactive presentation by Jessica Harris titled, "New Adventures with the James Webb Space Telescope ft. Infrared Camera Demo." During this presentation, the parents were able to go to the Maryland Space Grant Observatory at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy. When the presentation was over, the students concluded their day by visiting the Morris W. Offit Telescope at the observatory, and the parents engaged in a presentation by Bonnie Meinke, titled "Moonrise: How Small Moons Tell us Big Things". The parents were then given a tour of the Offit Telescope and informed of the weekly observatory Open House, where students could do night observations. Once the parents returned, students were given the opportunity to tour the Offit Telescope. Tania Anderson gave her closing remarks, and the group was dismissed at 3:00 p.m.

Photos 2013 Women's Science Forum for High School Students, March 16, 2013

Astronomy Club Spring Session

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Space Telescope Science Institute

The second meeting for the Spring Session of the Astronomy Club was held this morning. This week’s activity began with Jessica Harris giving opening remarks. Brandon Lawton then gave his presentation, "Exploring Optics and Telescopes". Immediately following the presentation, students were split up into middle and high school groups. Students were presented with an opportunity to explore lenses and telescopes with Jessica Harris, Adia Jones, and Brandon Lawton. At 11:30 a.m., the students returned to the auditorium for a wrap-up.

Photos Astronomy Club Spring 2013 Session, March 9, 2013

Engineering Club Spring Session

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Space Telescope Science Institute

This marked the second meeting of the Engineering Club. This week’s activity began with Dan McCallister giving the students a synopsis of the events planned for the day. Students were divided into groups according to their grade level. Jessica Harris then introduced the students to the “Marshmallow Challenge”, in which groups of students were tasked with creating the tallest structure they could with spaghetti, string, and tape. Each structure had to stand on its own and bear the weight of a marshmallow. The activity was timed for eighteen minutes. When time was up, all structures were measured, and one of the youngest groups was the clear winner with a structure that was 24 inches tall. Immediately thereafter, Dan McCallister introduced the next activity, which was to construct a Galileo Scope. Each student was able to take their own telescope home. The day’s session ended at 11:30 a.m.

Photos Engineering Club Spring 2013 Session, March 2, 2013

Women's Science Forum for Middle School Students

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Space Telescope Science Institute

YAE hosted the Women’s Science Forum for Middle School Students. This exciting, all-day event kicked off with the registration of 35 student and 30 parent participants. The group gathered in the auditorium, where they were welcomed by Tania Anderson, Manager of the YAE Program. Tania introduced Karen Levay from the Archives Office, who presented a talk, “It Takes a Village to Run an Archive”. This presentation provided students with information about the diverse skill sets required to maintain the data in the Barbara A. Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes. This was followed by light and color activities that focused on the electromagnetic spectrum and its role in astronomy. Immediately after this activity, the students broke off into groups based on the numbers they were given when they entered the auditorium. The students then went to various stations to interact with female scientists, Dr. Rosa Diaz, Jessica Harris, Karen Levay, Dr. Bonnie Meinke, Holly Ryer, and Denise Smith, to engage with the experts and learn about their daily work and contributions to the Hubble and future James Webb missions. While the students were involved in their activities, the parents were dismissed to the Boardroom, where Bonnie Eisenhammer engaged parents in a discussion about opportunities for them and the students to explore. After the discussion, Dr. Diaz gave a presentation titled, "From Stars to Galaxies", to the parents. Students and parents then regrouped for an opportunity to discuss the events of the morning. Unfortunately, due to adverse weather, the opportunity to view objects in space were not permissible; however, Observatory Technician Duncan Watts, who was scheduled to give a tour of the Morris W. Offit Telescope, advised students and parents of the weekly open house, where they could view the heavens. Student and parent hands-on activities then ensued in the café. Tania Anderson gave her closing remarks, and the students and parents were dismissed at 3:10 p.m.

Photos 2013 Women's Science Forum for Middle School Students, February 23, 2013

Astronomy Club Spring Session

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Space Telescope Science Institute

Thirty students participated in the day’s session, which began at 9:00 a.m.. After registration, students gathered in the café for a meet and greet. Students were then directed to the auditorium, where Dan McCallister gave the opening remarks and explained the day’s events. Jessica Harris followed with an exciting demonstration on exploring light. Immediately thereafter, participants were divided into two groups for hands-on activities, led by Jessica Harris and Brandon Lawton. During the activities, students explored visible light, infrared light, and observed how filters work. The high school student group, led by Brandon Lawton, worked in teams to complete a basic spectroscopy activity and record emission spectra for several elements. The focus for middle school students, led by Jessica Harris and Dan McCallister, used diffraction grating and filtered glasses to observe both reflected and emitted light. Both groups used filter glasses to observe Hubble images. Following this activity, students headed back to the Auditorium, where Dan McCallister did his wrap-up and made closing remarks. Students were dismissed from the activities at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Photos Astronomy Club Spring 2013 Session, February 9, 2013

Engineering Club Spring Session

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Space Telescope Science Institute

For the first session of this exciting new club, 37 students, as well as 5 parents, participated in the day’s session, which began at 9 a.m. After registration, the students completed a survey that was designed to help the YAE Program understand how to interact with each student. Immediately following the completion of the survey, students gathered in the Auditorium for hands-on activities. The opening remarks were made by Dan McCallister. Jessica Harris then led a matching activity to the participants, with the aid of Adia Jones and Dan McAllister. The activity was designed to help students understand the different types of engineering that exist. Students were divided into groups and presented their findings. Following this activity, students headed back to the café, where each student assembled their own Galileoscopes to view objects from afar; this activity was spearheaded by Dan McCallister with the aid of Adia Jones. The students were able to take their telescopes home. Dan McCallister did his wrap-up and made closing remarks. Students were dismissed from the activities at approximately 11:15 a.m.

Photos Engineering Club Spring 2013 Session, February 2, 2013

2012 Events

Fall 2012

Astronomy Club Final Fall Session

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Space Telescope Science Institute

Approximately 22 people attended the club's final Fall Session, which ran from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. After registration was complete, Dan McCallister made Opening Remarks. Then, Dr. Brandon Lawton gave a presentation on Telescopes and Optics in the Auditorium. This was followed by hands-on explorations in two breakout sessions; one for middle school students (managed by Dan McCallister), and one for high school students (managed by Dr. Brandon Lawton). At the end of the sessions, Dr. Brandon Lawton did a wrap-up and made Closing Remarks.

Photos Astronomy Club Fall Session, November 17, 2012

Parent and Son Evening Under the Stars

Friday, November 9, 2012

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope - JHU Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy

Approximately 84 boys and their parents attended the program. . This was followed by the Welcome/Opening Remarks and Introduction of the Guest Speaker by Tania Anderson, the Youth for Astronomy & Engineering Program Manager at STScI. The Guest Speaker, Dr. Derrick Pitts, gave his talk on "Going Up!: New Space Adventure of 21st Century." After his presentation, he engaged students in a question & answer session. Immediately following the presentation, there was a brief break, and then all participants gathered in the café for hands-on career activities with Mitch Watkins and Tania Anderson. After finishing the activities, all the participants completed a survey and were given goodie bags. Before finishing out the program with Chris Martin, the Johns Hopkins University telescope conductor, and Lucy Albert, the Night Sky Observation presenter, Chris presented the Maryland Space Grant Observatory tour, and Lucy presented the Night Sky Observation. It was truly an excellent Evening Under the Stars.

Photos 2012 Parent and Son Evening Under the Stars, November 9, 2012

Parent and Daughter Evening Under the Stars

Friday, November 2, 2012

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope - JHU Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy

Approximately 94 girls and their parents attended the event. The group gathered in the auditorium following registration and dinner. Tania Anderson, Youth for Astronomy and Engineering Program Manager, welcomed everyone, and gave her Opening Remarks, followed by her Introduction of the Guest Speaker, Dr. Rosa Diaz. Dr. Diaz gave her presentation titled, "Stars: Where Observations Meet Theory". Many of our attendees were intrigued and asked many questions at the end of the presentation. After the presentation, there was a brief break and then all participants gathered in the café for hands-on career activities with Jessica Harris and Tania Anderson. After finishing the activities, all the participants completed a survey and were given goodie bags. The evening ended with Chris Martin, Telescope Conductor, leading the Maryland Space Grant Observatory tour, and Lucy Albert, the Night Sky Observation presenter, gave a Night Sky Observation presentation at the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy across the street from STScI. It was truly an amazing Evening Under the Stars.

Photos 2012 Parent and Daughter Evening Under the Stars, November 2, 2012

Astronomy Club Fall Session

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Space Telescope Science Institute, Visit to the Maryland Science Center

Approximately 32 people attended the session, which ran from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and included a visit to the Maryland Science Center. After registration, participants boarded the buses to head to the Maryland Science Center. The students saw a science presentation on Solar Observation by Dr. Rosa Diaz and Rich Stein. After a brief break, participants visited the Planetarium, followed by the Maryland Science Center Exhibit Exploration. After a fantastic day at the Maryland Science Center, the students boarded the buses and returned to the Institute for parent pick-up.

Photos from Astronomy Club Meeting Fall Session 2012, visit to the Maryland Science Center, October 20, 2012

Astronomy Club Fall Session

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Space Telescope Science Institute

Approximately 41 people attended the session, which ran from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. After registration, the Opening Remarks were made by Dan McCallister. This was followed by a presentation on Infrared Light, presented by Jessica Harris and Dr. Brandon Lawton in the Auditorium. Next, the group split into different breakout sessions to engage in hands-on explorations, which were managed by the presenters. At the end of this session, Dr. Brandon Lawton did his wrap-up and made Closing Remarks.

Photos from Astronomy Club Meeting Fall Session 2012 at the Institute, September 15, 2012

Summer 2012

Family Night at the Institute

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope - JHU Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy

Approximately 90 people attended the event, which ran from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The evening began with registration, followed by the Opening Remarks and Introduction by Tania Anderson, Youth for Astronomy and Engineering Program Manager. Dr. Erin Elliott gave her presentation on "Building the James Webb Space Telescope". The children were amazed by the entire presentation, and many of the students participated in the demos, which they thoroughly enjoyed! Dr. Elliott then had a question and answer session, and gave her final wrap-up comments. The students then explored the Star Observation at the Offit Telescope. Once again, Family Night at the Institute was a great success.

Photos from Family Night at the Institute, August 10, 2012

Family Night at the Institute

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope - JHU Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy

Approximately 106 people attended the event, which ran from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The evening began with registration, followed by the Opening Remarks and Introduction by Tania Anderson, Youth for Astronomy and Engineering Program Manager. The Guest Speaker, Jessica Harris, gave her presentation, "New Adventures with the James Webb Telescope Featuring an Infrared Camera Demo." All of the children were intently engaged in the entire presentation, and many of the students participated in the demos, which they thoroughly enjoyed! Jessica Harris then had a question and answer session and gave her final wrap-up comments. Family Night at the Institute was a great success.

Photos from Family Night at the Institute, July 20, 2012

Spring 2012

Women's Science Forum

Saturday, March 24th 2012

Space Telescope Science Institute

Approximately 117 girls and their parents attended the annual forum. The program started with registration, followed by the Welcome and Opening Remarks from Tania Anderson, Youth for Astronomy and Engineering Program Manager. Then, Dr. Mangala Sharma gave her presentation on "Hot Topics and Cool Mysteries in Astronomy". After a short break, the girls gathered in our lobby for a great group photo to capture this fun and exciting event! The Office of Public Outreach (OPO) managed the hands-on activities, "Exploring Light & Lenses", and then everyone enjoyed their lunchtime break. Jessica Harris gave her presentation, "New Adventures with the James Webb Space Telescope Featuring an Infrared Camera Demo"! Then, Lucy Albert and OPO managed more fun hands-on activities, and then everyone gathered back in our Auditorium for the Closing Remarks, evaluation forms, and goodie bag and raffle ticket giveaways! At the end of the program, everyone had the choice to either watch a Hubble "Women in Science and Astronomy" movie or meet in the rear lobby to see Dr. Rosa Diaz' presentation and description of a YAE-related medium-sized telescope!

Photos from 2012 Women's Science Forum March 24th, 2012

Astronomy Club Spring Session

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Space Telescope Science Institute

Approximately 37 people attended the event. This first session ran from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. After registration was complete, Dr. Rosa Diaz, Dr. Brandon Lawton, and Jessica Harris made the Opening Remarks in the auditorium. This was followed by the hands-on activity, "Exploring the Fingerprints of Light", which was managed by the Office of Public Outreach. At the end of this session, Jessica Harris did her wrap-up, and Dr. Brandon Lawton and Dr. Rosa Diaz gave their Closing Remarks.

Photos from Astronomy Club Spring Session, February 11, 2012

2011 Events

Fall 2011

Parent and Son Evening Under the Stars

Friday, November 11, 2011

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope

Approximately 93 boys and their parents attended the event. After registration, Kathy Hashim, one of the Youth for Astronomy & Engineering Program Coordinators at STScI, gave the Welcome and Opening Remarks and Introduction of the Guest Speaker, Dr. David Soderblom. Dr. Soderblom gave his talk, "The Story of Our Sun as Told by the Stars". After his presentation, a question & answer session was conducted, in which many questions were addressed. Next, all the children were given goodie bags, followed by the Maryland Space Grant Observatory tour, led by Chris Martin, across the street from STScI.

Photos from Parent and Son Evening Under the Stars, November 11, 2011

Astronomy Club Final Fall Session

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Space Telescope Science Institute/Harford Community College

Approximately 19 people attended the event. The group traveled to Harford Community College for an evening talk by Tom Rusek, President of the Harford County Astronomical Society. The presentation focused on aspects of our solar system, and what was visible in the night sky. Using the college's telescope (similar to the JHU facility), people viewed a side of the clear moon with its many craters and very visible jagged edges. Six society members also provided their own telescopes, set up to view things such as a red filtered lunar image, detailed moon craters, star clusters, depending on what images were most vivid and clear in the night sky. All participants received a certificate for taking part in the three-session astronomical journey!

Photos from Astronomy Club Fall Session, November 5, 2011

Parent and Daughter Evening Under the Stars

Friday, November 4, 2011

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope - JHU Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy

Approximately 145 people attended this event. After registration, everyone gathered in the Auditorium, where Kathy Hashim welcomed everyone, gave her Opening Remarks, and introduced our Guest Speaker, Dr. Dara Norman. Dr. Norman gave her presentation, "Light Matters for Dark Matter". Many of our attendees paid close attention to her interesting talk and asked intriguing questions at the end of the night. The children were given goodie bags, and Chris Martin, the new Telescope Conductor, gave the telescope tour at the JHU Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy across the street from STScI.

Photos from Parent and Daughter Evening Under the Stars, November 4, 2011

Astronomy Club Fall Session

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Space Telescope Science Institute

Approximately 26 middle and high school students, as well as some parents, second fall session. Dr. Rosa Diaz, and Brandon Lawton from the Office of Public Outreach (OPO), presented the Opening Remarks and Introduction. This was followed by a hands-on activity, "Exploring Light and Lenses", led by three OPO members: Dan McCallister, Brandon Lawton, and Vanessa Thomas, with assistance from Dr. Rosa Diaz. The students explored light and lenses by using convex lenses and by building small, refracting telescopes. This activity gave the students a great opportunity to interact with one another and share their similar scientific interests!

Photos from Astronomy Club Fall Session, October 22, 2011

Astronomy Club Fall Session

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Space Telescope Science Institute

Approximately 30 children and their parents attended the session. Dr. Rosa Diaz provided the Opening Remarks, followed by the presentation of an extensive set of hands-on activities, titled "Exploring Light and Color".

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Summer 2011

Family Night at the Institute

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Space Telescope Science Institute

Approximately 154 people (98 children and 56 parents) attended the event. Registration was followed by a presentation titled, "Space Telescope: A Brief Journey Through Astronomy", given by Dr. Michael Wolfe, a research scientist here at STScI. To end the program, star observation was planned to take place at the Offit Telescope, but was canceled due to stormy, wet conditions in the area. However, the current telescope conductor, Zhuohan Liang, gave a short presentation in our Auditorium and described the telescope over at Hopkins. He encouraged everyone to come back on a Friday night during the Observatory Open House, which is free to the public.

Photos from Family Night, August 18, 2011

Western High School Site Visit

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Space Telescope Science Institute

Approximately 40 high school freshmen attended the "Solar Observation Event at Western High School". Once we arrived at the high school, Dr. David Soderblom gave his presentation as a Solar Introduction, where he talked about science and astronomy and both the Hubble and James Webb space telescopes. It was a very engaging, interesting presentation, and many questions were asked during his talk. This was followed by Solar Observation, managed by Dr. Rosa Diaz. Every student was given the opportunity to look through a telescope to see a view of our sun, using a filter on the lens, which looked like a big round white ball in the sky! Later in the afternoon, we were able to see many clouds rolling across the sun, moving from left to right. No sunspots were seen at that time due to the cloudy conditions; however, each student had a wonderful experience during our school site visit!

Photos from Western High School Site Visit, August 11, 2011

Family Night at the Institute

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope - JHU Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy

Attendance was high for this event, with 133 children & their parents attending. Following the Introduction by YAE's Program Manager, Dr. Jocelyn DiRuggiero, Guest Speaker, presented "Going to the Extremes: Life as We Know It." During the last portion of Family Night, the group made observations of the stars at the Offit telescope at Johns Hopkins University.

Photos from Family Night, July 14, 2011

Middle School Educators' Workshop

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope - JHU Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy

Thirteen middle school teachers from nearby counties attended the Middle School Educators' Workshop, "Solar System Weather - Beyond the Extreme". Teachers were provided with information on current science & technology and Hubble Space Telescope history that they can easily take back into their classrooms. Activities included two hands-on activities involving solar system weather, an overview of the YAE program's goals, methods, and upcoming events, and open discussion. Frank Summers gave a presentation titled, "Science Content Update: The Hubble Space Telescope Twenty-One Images from 21 Years". A tour of the Maryland Space Grant Observatory at JHU rounded out the day.

Photos from Middle School Educators' Workshop, June 28, 2011

Spring 2011

Astronomy Club Spring Session

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Space Telescope Science Institute/Harford Community College

Approximately 20 regional participants, comprised of parents and children from elementary through high school, attended this program. Participants took a field trip to Harford Community College, where they watched a presentation titled, "Anyone Out There?".

Photos from Astronomy Club, May 07, 2011

Take Your Child to Work Day

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Space Telescope Science Institute

Middle- and high-school girls and boys, along with their parents, participated in a fun day of events, which included a tour of the Institute. The events consisted of different activities, including the kids shadowing a daily job routine with parent and sponsor, and career talk on various fields in astronomy from the Institute's Human Resources Branch Chief, Sheryl Bruff. The day concluded with a viewing of the IMAX movie, "Hubble 3D".

Photos from Take Your Child to Work Day, April 28, 2011

Astronomy Club Spring Session

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Space Telescope Science Institute/Maryland Science Center/Morris W. Offit Telescope - JHU Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy

Approximately 20 regional participants, comprised of parents and children from elementary through high school, attended this program. Participants took a field trip to the Maryland Science Center. The Guest Speaker was Dr. Rosa Diaz, whose presentation was titled, "Extra Solar Planets". Participants also enjoyed the Offit telescope tour at Johns Hopkins University.

Photos from Astronomy Club, March 19, 2011

Women's Science Forum for High School Girls

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope - JHU Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy

Girls in grades 9 through 12 participated in engineering-related hands-on activities. The girls were encouraged to share their career dreams, ask questions, and explore the opportunities in a number of engineering disciplines. They also had a chance to participate in solar observation through the Offit Telescope at Johns Hopkins University.

Photos from Women's Science Forum, March 05, 2011

Astronomy Club Spring Session

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Space Telescope Science Institute

Approximately 20 regional participants, comprised of parents and children from elementary through high school, attended this program. Participants enjoyed the hands-on Exploration activity, "Optics & Light", led by The Office of Public Outreach.

Photos from Astronomy Club Spring Session, January 15, 2011

2010 Events

Fall 2010

Astronomy Club Fall Session

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Space Telescope Science Institute/Maryland Science Center

Approximately 20 regional participants, comprised of parents and children from elementary through high school, attended this program. Participants took a field trip to the Maryland Science Center, and enjoyed the tour of the Crosby Ramsey Memorial Observatory.

Photos from Astronomy Club Fall Session, November 20, 2010

Parent and Son Evening Under the Stars

Friday, October 15, 2010

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope - JHU Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy

Approximately 100 regional participants, comprised of parents and children from elementary through high school, attended this program. The Guest Speaker for this event was Dr. Derrick Pitts of The Franklin Institute, whose presentation was titled, "Our Boiling Sun". Participants enjoyed the tour of the Maryland Space Grant Observatory at Johns Hopkins University.

Photos from Parent and Son Event, October 15, 2010

Parent and Daughter Evening Under the Stars

Friday, October 1, 2010

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope - JHU Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy

Approximately 100 regional participants, comprised of parents and children from elementary through high school, attended this program. The Guest Speaker for this event was Dr. Heidi Hammel, whose presentation was titled, "Missions, Myths, and Free Advice". Participants enjoyed the tour of Offit telescope at Johns Hopkins University.

Photos from Parent and Daughter Event, October 1, 2010

Summer 2010

Astronomy Club Summer Session

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Space Telescope Science Institute

Approximately 20 regional participants, comprised of parents and children from elementary through high school, attended this program. Participants took a field trip to the Maryland Science Center. They also enjoyed the Offit telescope tour at Johns Hopkins University.

Photos from the August 21, 2010 Event

Family Night at the Institute

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Space Telescope Science Institute

Approximately 70 regional participants, comprised of parents and children from elementary through high school, attended this program. The Guest Speaker for this event was Brian Ferguson, whose presentation was titled, "Explosive Star Formation with the New Hubble". Participants enjoyed the Offit telescope tour at Johns Hopkins University.

Photos from the August 5, 2010 Event

Family Night at the Institute

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Space Telescope Science Institute

Approximately 70 regional participants, comprised of parents and children from elementary through high school, attended this program. The Guest Speaker for this event was Dr. John M Grundsfeld, whose presentation was titled, "Hubble Servicing Mission 4". Participants enjoyed the Offit telescope tour at Johns Hopkins University.

Photos from the July 8, 2010 Event

Astronomy Club Summer Session

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Space Telescope Science Institute

Approximately 20 regional participants, comprised of parents and children from elementary through high school, attended this program. The Guest Speaker for this event was Dr. Rosa Diaz, who gave a presentation titled, "The First Step in Making Great Discoveries in Astronomy: Preparing Images for Scientific Use". Participants enjoyed the hands-on activity that followed the presentation.

Photos from the June 19, 2010 Event

Spring 2010

Women's Science Forum for High School Girls

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Space Telescope Science Institute

Girls in grades 9 through 12 participated in engineering-related hands-on activities. The girls were encouraged to share their career dreams, ask questions, and explore opportunities in a number of engineering disciplines. They also had a chance to participate in solar observation through the Offit Telescope at Johns Hopkins University.

Photos from the March 06, 2010 Event

2009 Events

Fall 2009

Parent and Son Evening Under the Stars

Friday, November 13, 2009

Space Telescope Science Institute

Approximately 100 regional participants, comprised of parents and children from elementary through high school, attended this program. The Guest Speaker for this event, Dr. Jason Kalirai, gave his presentation "Telescopes and Time Machines". Participants thoroughly enjoyed the Galileoscope: Build Your Own Telescope and Station Activity by engaging themselves in this discovery.

Photos from Parent and Son Event, November 13, 2009

Parent and Daughter Evening Under the Stars

Friday, October 16, 2009

Space Telescope Science Institute

Approximately 100 regional participants, comprised of parents and children from elementary through high school, attended this program. The Guest Speaker for this event was Dr. Susana Deustua, whose presentation was titled, "In Galileo's Footsteps: Celebrating the International Year of Astronomy in 2009". Participants thoroughly enjoyed the Galileoscope: Build Your Own Telescope and Station Activity by engaging themselves in this discovery.

Photos from Parent and Daughter Event, October 16, 2009

Summer 2010

Family Night at the Institute

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope - JHU Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy

Approximately 70 regional participants, comprised of parents and children from elementary through high school, attended this program. The Guest Speaker for this event was Dr. Alberto Conti, who gave his presentation titled, "GoogleSky and WWT: A Journey From Earth to the Edge of the Cosmos". Participants enjoyed the Offit Telescope tour at Johns Hopkins University, as well as the use of personal telescopes from Lucy Albert and Vanessa Thomas.

Photos from the August 13, 2009 Event

Family Night at the Institute

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope - JHU Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy

Approximately 80 regional participants, including a few families from as far away as Pennsylvania and New Jersey, attended this program. The Guest Speaker for this event was Dr. Mario Livio, whose gave his presentation titled, "Science with the Hubble Space Telescope: Past and Future". Participants enjoyed the tour of the Maryland Space Grant Observatory at Johns Hopkins University, as well as the use of personal telescopes from Lucy Albert and Vanessa Thomas.

Photos from the August 6, 2009 Event

Family Night at the Institute

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope - JHU Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy

Approximately 100 regional participants, including parents and children from elementary through high school, attended the program. The Guest Speaker for this event was Dr. Peter McCullough, whose presentation was titled, "Even the Good Misbehave: a Light-Hearted Look at Instrument Calibration". Attendees also enjoyed a tour of the Maryland Space Grant Observatory at Johns Hopkins University, led by Tim Dolch.

Photos from the July 16, 2009 Event

Family Night at the Institute

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope - JHU Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy

Approximately 115 regional participants, including parents and children from elementary through high school, attended this program. The Guest Speaker for this event was Dr. Matt Mountain, whose talk was titled, "SM4 Launch Presentation". Attendees also enjoyed the tour of the Maryland Space Grant Observatory, as well as viewing the skies through small telescopes with the help of Dr. Nolan Walborn and Vanessa Thomas.

Photos from the June 25, 2009 Event

Spring 2010

Emma Willard School Visit

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope - JHU Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy

High school-aged girls from the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, participated in hands-on activities, a career forum, and a special presentation by STScI's Dr. Mario Livio! They also had a chance to observe sunspots, etc., through the Offit Telescope at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy.

Presentations/activities

Activities/presentations captured from the Emma Willard School Visit - April 9, 2009

Women's Science Forum for High School Girls

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope - JHU Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy

Girls in grades 9 through 12 participated in engineering-related hands-on activities. The girls were encouraged to share their career dreams, ask questions, and explore the opportunities in a number of engineering disciplines. They also had a chance to participate in solar observation through the Offit Telescope at the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy.

Photos from the March 21, 2009 Event

Women's Science Forum for Middle School Girls

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope - JHU Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy

Girls in grades 6 through 8 participated in engineering-related hands-on activities. The girls were encouraged to share their career dreams, ask questions, and explore the opportunities in a number of engineering disciplines. They also had a chance to participate in solar observation through the Offit Telescope at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy.

Photos from the March 7, 2009 Event

Starrytelling at the Institute

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope - JHU Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy

Boys and girls in grades 6 through 12 and their families participated in a stimulating, starry theatrical event, and other hands-on activities throughout the day. Everyone also had a chance to observe the stars and planets through the Offit Telescope, and took part in solar observations through another smaller, private telescope.

Photos from the January 24, 2009 Event

2008 Events

Parent and Daughter Evening Under the Stars

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Space Telescope Science Institute

Middle and high school girls and parents participated in an fun night, with access to the evening stars through Forrest Hamilton's top-notch telescope, and an in-depth interactive lecture from Dr. Joseph Hines and Cheryl D. Gray, M.A.B.S., on "Power Steps: 10 Principles to Success", as well as career talk on various fields in astronomy from Guest Speaker Dr. Ann Hornschemeier.

Photos from the September 20, 2008 Event

Parent and Son Evening Under the Stars

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Space Telescope Science Institute

Middle and high school boys and parents participated in a night of fun, with access to the evening stars through Forrest Hamilton's top-notch telescope, an in-depth interactive lecture from Dr. Joseph Hines on "Power Steps: 10 Principles to Success", and career talk on various fields in astronomy from Guest Speaker, Dr. Derrick Pitts, of The Franklin Institute

Photos from the September 13, 2008 Event

"Take Your Child to Work Day

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Space Telescope Science Institute/Morris W. Offit Telescope - JHU Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy

Middle and high school girls and boys and parents participated in a fun event and a tour of the Maryland Space Grant Observatory. The event consisted of different activities, including the kids shadowing a daily job routine with parent and sponsor, career talk on various fields in astronomy from the Institute's Human Resources Branch Chief, Sheryl Bruff, and a comprehensive lecture by Dr. Frank Summers, "It's Not Your Parents' Solar System - Why Pluto is No Longer a Planet."

Photos from the April 24, 2008 Event

2006 Events

Parent and Daughter Evening Under the Stars

Friday, November 17, 2006

Space Telescope Science Institute

Middle and high school girls and their parents participated in a night of fun, with viewing access to the evening stars through Forrest Hamilton's top-notch telescope, an in-depth interactive lecture from an Institute Astrobiologist, Dr. Margaret Turnbull, on "Possible Life In the Universe", and an inspiring career talk on various fields in astronomy from the Institute's Human Resources Branch Chief, Sheryl Bruff.

Photos from the November 17, 2006 Event

Women's Science Forum

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Space Telescope Science Institute

Middle and high school girls learned more about astronomy through a variety of hands-on projects, and were given an opportunity to do sun observations through Forrest Hamilton's top-notch telescope. Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, NASA's Operations Scientist, made the Opening Remarks, and a variety of interactive talks were given by Vera Gibbs (Technology Branch Chief), Sheryl Bruff (Human Resources Branch Chief), Gail Schaefer (Postdoctoral Fellow), and Stacy Nicholas (IT Graduate).

Photos from the June 17, 2006 Workshop

2004 Workshops

Pictures

Photos from the May 8, 2004 Workshop

Photos from the May 15, 2004 Workshop

2003 Workshop

Pictures

Women's Science Forum Program 2003 Workshop