For Fiske staff to bring Outreach activities to you WITHOUT Starlab is $75/hour (includes cost of materials (excluding telescope kits), Fiske staff and transportation). If Fiske staff must travel more than 30 miles each way to provide outreach, we will charge $0.60/mile roundtrip to help pay for gas and tolls. If Fiske staff must be away for more than four hours or incur other expenses, we will negotiate an appropriate surcharge; for example, for an overnight stay we may request that you provide room and board to Fiske staff. More than one activity may be chosen per hour.
Basic Astronomy Activities
- Body Astronomy (Kinetic, Outdoor/Indoor): (1) Use your body to simulate planet orbits, tilts, moons, etc. (2) Link arms to make spiral galaxies and merge through collision.
- Meteorites (Hands-on): Use magnets & magnifying lenses to examine real meteorites. (Note: Also known as Rocks from Space activity. Related videos & materials available for weekly rental.)
- Sun & Space Weather (Hands-on, Outdoor): (1) Trace outline of Sun through Sunspotter (requires sunny day). (2) Make Solar Bead bracelets.
- Telescope Kits (Hands-on): Build & decorate your own refracting telescope. (No extra cost for empty tube; $6/student for functional telescope from kit.)
- Telescopes (Hands-on): Fiske staff bring and set-up actual telescopes (usually 4-inch reflectors) and/or binoculars.
- Toilet Paper Solar System (Hands-on, Kinetic): Using a toilet paper roll, children determine scale distances of solar system objects (do not get to keep anything; better for ages 9+).
- Infrared Camera (Hands-on): Students examine objects and themselves while viewing an image of infrared light (heat). (Requires access to electricity.)