Indian Peaks Charter School students enjoy Astronomy Night
The sky was clear. A full moon was just passing; its light glittering on the crystalline snow. The evening’s guests traveled through various galaxies (elliptical, spiral, and irregular) before reaching the “Space Station.”
The evening started with presentations from Indian Peaks Charter School fifth- and sixth-grader students. Vacations to the sun, new constellations, journeys through the life cycle of stars, and models of planets were presented to parents.
Aspiring astronomer, Robert Hovermale shared the sun dial he had designed and built. Spring, Frazey and Paige Miller created the “Life Cycle of the Stars” while Annalys Hanna, Quinn Ales, and Tennessee Anderson made planets such as Uranus, Mars, and Jupiter.
Stephie Quinn and Phillip Hovermale created vacation destinations on the sun. Rowen Gallagher made history teacher Mrs. Gallagher a constellation, Sofia Koepke created a constellation based on her little dog, Lily, and Tyler Wolhford created a horseshoe in the sky. These projects demonstrated the students’ cumulative knowledge gained through their Astronomy Unit.
Viewing of the night sky followed the presentations. Three telescopes were set up outside for gazing. Saturn’s rings were visible as was the planet Mars. Using constellation finders, students and their families identified Pegasus, Cassiopeia, and Orion among others.
Students then triumphed over adults in Astronomy Trivia. Students completed the evening with astronomy jokes and a rousing rendition of Monty Python’s “Universe Song.”
A stimulating evening presented by an enthusiastic class. We thank Ms. Banks for putting together the outstanding gathering, our parents for their support, and our hosts, the Koepke Family, for providing their home.
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