Outreach Programs

The Tacoma Astronomical Society provides its outreach programs, listed below, to schools, libraries scouting and guide groups, other societies, organizations and groups. The programs are free of charge but donations are welcome as it promotes our outreach work throughout the region. Some activities, especially observing demonstrations, depend on the weather.

All inquiries and requests for outreach programs can be made by contacting our Outreach Director, Ray Stinson, through either outreach@tas-online.org or by inquiring through a TAS meeting or member.

Program Title

 

Description

Age Group

Format

Solar Party

 

Solar viewing with solar filters. Safety is explained.

K to 12

Demonstration

Star Party

 

Learn about the night sky and view astronomical objects through telescopes.

All ages

Demonstration

Sky Search

 

Covers the constellations, how to find the North Star and learn to use a telescope.

K to Adult

Workshop and Demonstration

Telescopes

 

Learn the parts of a reflecting telescope and how to assemble a telescope. Learn about collimation. View astronomical objects.

5th Grade to Adult

Workshop and Demonstration

Stomp Rockets

 

An artful project to construct an air pressure launched rocket utilizing paperr, playing cards, paper clips and cellophane tape.

All ages

Workshop

Scale of the Solar System

 

Learn the meaning of distance within the solar system. Understand the different sizes of the planets. Requires 1.6 mile walk.

3rd Grade to adult

Workshop

Planispheres

 

Construct a star chart. Learn how to find the North Star. Learn the location of the 88 constellations. This is the most valuable astronomical tool for amateur astronomers.

K to Adult

Workshop, Presentation or Demonstration

Comets

 

Construct a comet out of raw materials. Process shows sublimation. Learn where comets come from. Learn about meteor showers.

K to 12th Grade

Workshop and presentation

The Moon

 

Learn about phases of the moon, craters and the history of the moon. Also learn about eclipses and create your own craters.

K to 12 Grade

Demonstration and presentation

Operating Telescopes

 

Learn about your telescope and how to operate it. Bring your telescope to our public night and have TAS volunteers instruct you and answer your questions.

All ages

One-on-one Workshop

Sundials

 

Make a sundial and learn about true north. Track the Sun and how to configure the sundial.

K to 12 Grade

Workshop

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Next Public Night:
Saturday, 08-02-14

Next General Meeting:
Tuesday, 08-05-14