My first club outreach
Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:31 PM
This is my first time to post on this forum. I recently joined a club and participated in my first club activity which was an outreach event that we call astronomy on wheels. We visited a junior high, did a presentation and had viewings through our scopes. Unfortunately the weather was not too good and had to view the moon and Jupiter through the clouds, but it did clear towards the end. The school event had over 600 kids show up and they fortunately released them to the scopes at about 30 at a time.
I had a very good first experience and enjoyed sharing my scope with others. However, a few of the parents brought younger children and I was not prepared to handle them. They tended to grab and pull on my eyepiece before I could get their attention. Fortunately their parents were good at helping me out. Perhaps y'all can give me some tips on how to handle the little ones.
All in all it was an excellent experience. If I even just inspired one kid to get into the hobby or possibly even to become a professional astronomer, it was time well spent.
Tomorrow night I will be participating at my second club event. Our club helps the Houston Museum of Natural Science with public viewings at the George observatory which hosts a 36in telescope. I will not be bringing my scope this time as the club and museum has several smaller scopes at the observatory. I will either man a deck scope or help with crowd control.
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Posted 23 February 2013 - 04:32 PM
for young kids though, have the parent help them look, they'll listen to their parents (hopefully), who will (hopefully) listen to you....
Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:04 PM
Bring a short stool for smaller kids. An 8 inch Dob is low enough for older kids to reach the eyepiece for a look. For families, it's a good idea to have the parents look first, then they can instruct their child on what to look for.
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