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#26 John Fitzgerald

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Posted 25 November 2021 - 09:12 AM

I have done it with a scout group -once, the kids loved it;

but I agree with John it was poor judgement by me.

 

The Moon may be boring with us, but kids are really wowed,

much more in my experience than those "little things" up there.

 

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Posted 26 November 2021 - 09:40 PM

Thank you everyone for all the input!

 

All in all, it was a success. We had about 50 kids and their parents show up - although a few of those parents just dropped their kids off and left. That's something we'll ask them not to do next time. We adults ended up having to wait for about half an hour for them to be picked up after we packed up. 

 

Anyway, with that many kids we were spending tons of time on the moon and available planets and there wasn't too much time to move on to anything else. We gave them a look at Alberio and the Pleiades - and before we were able to move over to some clusters in Cassiopeia, other kids were asking for a turn on the planets. So the full moon wasn't as much of a headache as it could have been. 

 

Thanks again!


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Posted Yesterday, 02:57 AM

Sounds like you had to chew like mad on the night! :lol:

That's great to hear. And a lot of energy to tame from the kids. But that's why we do this, the thrill of the event, energy of the people & to share our passion for astro & learning :)

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Posted Yesterday, 09:03 AM

There was a parent, years ago, whom, judging by her prominent position, would be responsible, who would drop her mid teens son off at our astronomy club meetings, then be terribly late picking up, or not show at all.  So, some of us had to provide emergency rides.  I can sympathize with the ones who had to wait with the children.  Your rule should be accompanied by parent, or do not come.


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