Educational Programs

For schools and youth organizations             For families and children            For adults and lifelong learners         Pricing and booking information

Dudley Observatory offers a variety of astronomy education programs for people of all ages.
Check out our events page for a calendar of public programs, and see below for all program offerings.

 

For schools, libraries and youth organizations

Children’s first questions about science are often about objects they notice in the night sky. It’s precisely this kind of self-generated curiosity we want to nurture in our students at all stages of their STEM education. Through hands-on lessons that meet NY state science standards, NGSS and are common core aligned, we hope to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders.

starlab-logoStarlab, a partnership with Capital Region BOCES, is an inflatable portable planetarium that allows students to learn about the night sky in a unique and interactive way. Programs available for grades K-12.  BOCES aid for this program is available through Educational Support Services.

 

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Hot Topics in Astronomy is a NEW program that will help keep your middle and high school students up to date with the latest and greatest astronomical discoveries. Dudley Observatory Astronomer Dr. Valerie Rapson will present interactive lessons in some of the most popular fields of astronomy and incorporate the latest research and discoveries into the lesson.

 

 

Hands on classes

The Dudley Observatory at miSci offers 45 minute classes that cover different fields of astronomy. These classes can be booked as outreaches, or as part of field trips to miSci. Our current offerings are:

Spinning in Space (kindergarten – 2nd grade)
Explore our place in space. Learn about Earth and its relation to other bodies in the solar system. Discover, through kinesthetic activities, the movement of the Earth, Moon and Sun system and how this causes common phenomenon such as day and night and shadows.

Just A Phase (3rd-8th grade)
Discover answers to the questions of the Moon. Learn why our Moon is so bright, why it controls our tides here on Earth and what is happening to the Moon. Each student will walk their Moon through the phases as they discover what creates new, full, and waxing Moons.

Spectacular Spectroscopy (3rd-12th grade)
Explore the travel of light and the use of spectroscopy as we manipulate waves through prisms and color mixing. Understand the frequency and amplitudes of waves and discover how we can learn about the gases of space by experimenting with a various gas samples and diffraction gratings.

Solar and Lunar Eclipses (3rd-8th grade)
On August 21, 2017 the entire United States experienced a solar eclipse. This class explores the difference between solar and lunar eclipses using kinesthetic astronomy, what the solar corona looks like, and teaches students how to safely view a solar eclipse.

 

For families and children

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Night Sky Adventures are astronomy fun for the whole family! Educators from the Dudley Observatory, in conjunction with volunteers from the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers group, present astronomy lessons, activities, planetarium shows and night sky viewing (weather depending). Third Tuesday evening of every month.

 

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Break Week and Summer Classes are now available during school break weeks and summer. These half-day hands-on classes will cover a variety of topics in the field of astronomy and other sciences. Offerings available for grades K-8.

 

 

OctagonBarnSliderSizedJoin us for an astronomy lesson and dark sky observing at the Octagon Barn in Delanson, NY! Programs include a 1 hour talk by local astronomy enthusiasts, followed by a star party if the weather is clear. If you want to see the Milky Way this is the place to be! Star parties are held monthly on a Friday night from April-November and are great for older children and adults.

 

For adults and adult-serving organizations

senior_science_logo copymiSci and the Dudley Observatory are committed to lifelong learning and have created programming specifically designed for adults! Come explore the museum on a quiet afternoon, then join the Dudley Observatory for an exciting on hour astronomy lesson presented by our Outreach Astronomer Dr. Valerie Rapson. Presentations are designed for all skill levels. No astronomy knowledge is necessary, just come and enjoy learning. Programs are held on the first Monday of every month at miSci and are also available as outreaches.

 

OctagonBarnSliderSizedJoin us for an astronomy lesson and dark sky observing at the Octagon Barn in Delanson, NY! Programs include a 1 hour talk by local astronomy enthusiasts, followed by a star party if the weather is clear. If you want to see the Milky Way this is the place to be! Star parties are held monthly on a Friday night from April-November and are great for older children and adults.

 

Check out what miSci has to offer!

miSci, the Challenger Learning Center and the Suits-Bueche Planetarium also offer programming in many areas of science. Click the logo below to learn more about their programs and offerings.

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Pricing and booking information

All Dudley Observatory programs are booked and invoiced through miSci.

Pricing

Outreach programs (Senior Science, Hot Topics in Astronomy, hands on classes):
$125 for the first hour, $100 per hour for consecutive hours after the first.

Night Sky Adventure and Senior Science Day at miSci: Admission to miSci ($10.50 adult, $7.50 child 12 and under, $9.00 65+), free for miSci members.

Octagon Barn: Free ($5 donation graciously accepted).

Starlab: $400 for up to 5 programs. See Starlab page for more information.

Break week and summer classes: Prices vary, see flyer for details.

Groups can also book many of these programs as part of a field trip to to miSci. Please see the miSci field trips page for more information, or call the Dudley Observatory at 518-382-7890 x259.

Reservations
Call the Dudley Observatory at 518-382-7890 x259 to book your visit or complete the Reservation Request Form and email to info@DudleyObservatory.org or fax to 518-382-7893.

PLEASE NOTE: Each program (including consecutive occurrences of the same program) requires set up time. Times listed in program descriptions are for program length only and do not include set up time. Travel fees apply for outreach locations outside Schenectady County.

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