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Posted 02 November 2012 - 06:30 PM
We got funding and got some Xt10, XT8 and XT6 and then set about teaching them the sky. Since the school was in a pretty urban area we taught the main constellations. Then we taught them how to find the bright objects in those sky and let them work in pairs to discover, observe and record their observations.
We used Uncle Al's sky wheels which are free.
Since not all meetings are about star gazing, get some hands on activities for those as well. NASA has some great resources. Here are a few:
Kids can make a podcast with some ideas at this link.
Here are featured activities for grades 5-8 at this link.
Featured materials for grades 9-12 at this link.
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific has good materials for educators.
Link 1: Educational Resources.
Link 2: Great Hands on Activities that get kids thinking for all levels.
That should help get you started.
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Posted 04 November 2012 - 05:03 PM
Just last spring, we applied for a "mini-grant" from our PTA and we were able to buy a 6" dob for the club. That might be something to explore. Also, during the coldest times of the winter, we'll schedule a session or two at the observatory of a local community college.
We schedule an observing night once a month during the school year at a nearby park and just invite anyone who wants to come. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own telescope or binoculars if they have one, but naked eyeballs are certainly more than welcome. Over the last couple of years we've had as few as 10 to as many as 65 kids show up with their parents.