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"Take Me To The Moon" Science Outreach Program a success

Take Me To The Moon

Over 60 families and students from the community learned about the moon, the stars and other space-related activities at the "Take Me To The Moon" event sponsored by BCTC and a grant from the Battelle Foundation, which supports science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEM) programs.

The event, part of BCTC's Science Safari series, took place Friday evening, September 26, from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. at BCTC's Newtown Campus at 500 Newtown Pike.

Attendees included students from local magnet schools, Girl Scout Troops and home-schooled children interested in science and technology.

One of the most popular activities was looking through the telescopes stationed on the third floor balcony of the Newtown Classroom Building. Though the weather was a little cloudy, students had a good time looking at the sky. Wesley Leggin, a fifth-grader from Maxwell Elementary, said, The moon was awesome! There were so many craters. It was really cool to look at.

Students also made star charts to help them find stars and planets in the night sky and they got to taste samples of Astronaut food packets, which consisted of specially dried samples of foods such as cinnamon apple wedges and red seedless grapes.

Other activities included a dark room where the students wore special glasses that allowed them to see a demonstration where different gases were exposed to different situations, causing the gases to change colors.

Nick Jones and Alex Ford, seventh-graders from Crawford Middle School, were wearing their glasses long after visiting the dark room. Both said they were enjoying the other activities as well.

The next in the Science Safari series will be called Fizz, Bang, Boom...Chemistry! and will be held on February 7, 2015 at the Newtown

Campus, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students will learn about candy compounds, layering liquids, magic milk, an elephant toothpaste demo and many other activities.

Click here to see photos of the Take Me To The Moon event at:https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluegrassctc/sets/72157647801451458/

***Photo Caption: Fifth-grader Wesley Leggin poses in front of the Take Me To The Moon backdrop. Over 60 families and students from the community attended the science outreach event.