Highland Road Park Observatory
Current Roster: 73 Cadets
DESCRIPTION: Under the guidance of HRPO Education Curator Erin Anding, children are brought into the wonderful world of astronomy—at their level! They have an exciting chance each Saturday to explore the gravity, simple machines, stars, satellites, balloons and gliders, the Earth and the Moon, asteroids and comets, and the American space program. During the entertaining visual presentation, children take part in hands-on demonstrations, crafts and experiments! Each session is stand-alone, and kids never have to make a commitment to attend consecutive sessions.
SPACE STATION EXPEDITIONS: Every fourth S.A., the session focuses on a historic Expedition to the International Space Station! Kids even get to sample the astronauts’ menu!
DROP-OFF: Though parents are welcome to stay, they have the option of leaving their children for the duration of Science Academy instead of staying with them. Parents can drop off children as early as 9:45 am and pick them up as late as 12:15 pm. The privilege to leave a child alone exists only if the parent has filled out a “Registration Form” and “Rules and Regulations” form, which can be downloaded below.
DOOR PRIZE: At the end of each session there is an exciting door prize drawing. The prizes, all related to science, come in five “levels”. A child who has won the level one prize will win the level two prize next time; those who won level two during earlier sessions will win level three, then level four and finally, the grand level five prize! These prizes are top-secret—unless, of course, previous winners want to reveal what they’ve gotten.
CADET RANKINGS: The first session of attendance, the child is a “Recruit”. Afterwards he or she begins to rise through the ranks of the Academy, earning the title of Lunar Cadet, and then Solar Cadet. Ultimately, with a lot of perseverance and hard work the child may reach the pinnacle of Science Academy accomplishments—Galactic Cadet!
Science Academy will not take place in 2013 on 16 March, 20 April, 22 June or 26 October.
Visit our “Calendar of Events” to view upcoming topics.
Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, February 01, 2013 12:58:53 PM