Summer Program Spotlight on Astronomy
This week our spotlight series is on one of our science programs, Astronomy, which was developed and is taught by BASIS Independent Brooklyn all-star Mr. Joshua Winter. Astronomy is a full-day program that will give students entering Grades 5-8 the opportunity to learn about the foundation of our planet and the solar system through interactive classroom instruction and exciting field trips.
The program will be held during the first week of BASIS Independent Summer on our Brooklyn campus July 10-14.
We took the opportunity to talk to Mr. Winter to learn more about the programs and hear why he is excited to be part of the summer program.
Why did you decide to teach Astronomy this summer?
Joshua Winter: Astronomy is one of my favorite subjects and I do not get a chance to teach many of its concepts during the school year. I am really excited to use the summer program to teach about the history of Astronomy, correct some common misconceptions and to show how current events are connected to Astronomy such as the recent discovery of gravitational waves.
Why should a student sign up for your program?
JW: Taking my course will give kids the chance to look at the sky and be able to appreciate its beauty and just how vast the solar system is. My goal is for all my students to love Astronomy by the end of the program.
Can you give us some examples of activities or lessons you have planned?
JW: In my class, students are going to get the opportunity to explore and understand the solar system. Early on, students will travel to the Hayden Planetarium, so they can get a sense of how our solar system works. During the week, the kids will build models of the solar system and learn how to calculate the distance between planets and the sun. We will use the field across the street from the school to set up our model solar system with the sun and the planets. The size of the field is a great way to show the true size of the solar system. For example if we make a model of the sun the size of a basketball and place it in the field, then a scale model of Pluto would be the distance to the Freedom Tower.
Dates: July 10-14 | Week 1 of BASIS Independent Summer
Time: 9 AM - 3 PM
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Note - Space images courtesy of NASA.