Take off for the stars: Learn about the sun and moon

The solar eclipse of 2017 was the best show of the summer, but we’re not rolling the credits yet.

Elkhart Public Library and NASA are teaming up on out-of-this-world events to explore the sun and moon. It’s all part of the library’s 18-month work on STEAM-related educational programming.

nasamylibrary_edited2_0Space Lab: Sun
The eclipse offered a rare glimpse at the power of the sun – the heat it provides, the impact on nature, and much more. At Space Lab: Sun, kids 9-13 will have the chance to learn more in hands-on activities. Experiments will include the impact of ultraviolet light and use of an infrared thermometer.

All programs begin at 4:30. Dates are: Sept. 5 (Osolo); Sept. 14 (Pierre Moran); Sept. 19 (downtown); Nov. 7 (Cleveland); and Nov. 16 (Dunlap)

 

Family Moon Night
The moon is the Earth’s closest neighbor, and it has much more effect than you might think. The moon affects the sea and the tides, and every night, it reflects the sun’s light back to Earth. Have you ever noticed how, when there’s a full moon, it makes the night brighter?

At 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, celebrate Family Moon Night downtown. The evening will include hands-on activities and education, and families will learn about International Observe the Moon Night later in the month.

ETHOS, our community partner, will be displaying moon rocks and a spacesuit. Kids in attendance will also receive a journal to write down their observations of the moon and stars leading up to Observe the Moon Night.

 

Space Lab: Moon
If you can’t get enough of our closest neighbor, explore the conditions of the moon, its weather, and its impact on Earth. Kids 9-13 at these labs also will experiment making videos with a green screen.

All programs begin at 4:30. Dates are: Oct. 3 (Osolo); Oct. 12 (Pierre Moran); Oct. 17 (downtown); Dec. 5 (Cleveland); and Dec. 14 (Dunlap).

 

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