Wrapping Up the Last Star Party 2015

Ah, those long summer days are coming, and that means that our Star Parties must be put on hiatus until fall.

Here are some photos from the Star Party on Friday, March 27, 2015.  A big thanks to everyone who came out, and to all of our volunteers.

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Balancing the gravity bird on their noses. Talent!

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Professor Fulton and students taking a break from viewing sunspots.

 

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Jupiter and at least three moons.

 

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Our moon, as seen through the telescopes and captured by cell phone.

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Rocks and fossils.

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Star Party This Friday

starpartyStar Party #2 for 2014-2015 will be this Friday from 5:30-9:30 at ACC’s Round Rock campus.  We’ll be there, plus our friends from the Austin Planetarium will be there with their mobile planetarium.  There’s be a talk on the discovery of Uranus and Neptune from Dr. Heath, and everyone can take in the wonders of the night sky from the observatory.

For more info, visit go.austincc.edu/starparty

Star Party Time Again!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACome party with the stars!  This Friday, February 7th, ACC’s Physical Sciences Dept. will host another Star Party at the Round Rock campus! There will be lots to do – hands-on science from ACCHaoS, planetarium shows from Austin Planetarium, a public talk on Galileo and Kepler in 1609, AND viewing of the night sky from the observing deck high atop building 3000 (weather permitting!) For details, check out go.austincc.edu/starparty. See you there!

Here’s the info on the Star Party:

When:  February 7, 2014, 5:30pm-9:30pm

Where:  Austin Community College’s Round Rock Campus – 4400 College Park Drive, Round Rock, TX 78665.  Building 2000 lobby (for hands-on science and planetarium shows); Building 3000 for public talk (room 3339) and the observation deck.

 

Summer with ACCHaoS – Surfin’ Some Science!

We’ve had a good summer so far – we’ve shared science with the folks at the Willie Mae Kirk branch of the Austin Public Library, the Westbank Community Library, and with Astro Camp!  Not too bad for summer vacation!

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ACCHaoS at Science Rocks!

Science Rocks!  Willie Mae Kirk Branch – Austin Public Library

June 7, 2013

There was an incredible turnout for Science Rocks! at the library.  We lost count of how many kids, parents, and other adults showed up – there were lots and lots of people of all ages! The library did an awesome job putting on a fantastic science day!

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June 26, 2013

What can we say – we love libraries!   We had a good time being part of Westbank Community Library’s summer hands-on series.

Astro Camp

July 26, 2013

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Three exhibits at once!

We visited Astro Camp last year, and we were excited to visit there again this year.   The folk from Austin Planetarium and Starry Skies Austin put on fabulous  one week camps for kids each summer, complete with lots of science activities and of course, their mobile planetarium, the Discovery Dome.  The campers were definitely scientists in the making – they asked lots of good questions, and made some great observations.

Summer is winding down, but ACCHaoS is gearing up for another year of science fun!  Our schedule is really filling up, so if you would like for us to visit your school this year, drop us a quick email at ACChandsonscience@gmail.com or visit our online request form at http://www.austincc.edu/physics/acchaos/request.html

Enjoy the rest of the summer, and stay cool!

ACCHaoS Visits Westbank Community Library Today!

We’re getting ready to head out to the Westbank Community Library this afternoon for some hands-on science fun.  It’s a short visit – 3pm-4pm – but come out and see us!  Should be fun!

The library is sponsoring hands-on activities every Wednesday during the summer.  Check out their summer schedule at http://www.westbanklibrary.com/event/hands-westbank. Westbank Community Library is located at 1309 Westbank Dr. Austin TX 78746.

 

Science Rocks! at the Austin Public Library

Here’s the info on our upcoming Austin Public Library visit.  Sounds like it’s going to be a really fun time!  Come out and see us!

Science Rocks: Hands-on STEM Fun!

Presented by Discovery Lab @ APL

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Blast off for a day of hands-on math and science activities at the Austin Public Library Science Rocks! on Friday, June 7 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs DR. Kids will learn about exciting careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) that will help nurture their curiosity of the world around them. Science Rocks! is free and open to kids of all ages and the public in general. For more information please call 512-974-9920 or visit library.austintexas.gov.

Get blown away by the Trailblazer, a 40-foot traveling science venue! Discover The Power of Weather, Space Matters, The Miracle of Medicine, Energy for Tomorrow, Gyroscope, Magical Moments and The Need for Speed all interactive experiments that cultivate a love of science. The Trailblazer is suitable for all ages, but targets 3rd-8th graders. Volunteers stationed throughout the trailer provide explanations and demonstrations. Come, explore and experience this exciting learning experience!

Inside the Library, Austin Community College Hands-on Science (ACCHaoS) will present over 50 interactive science exhibits. ACCHaoS, a free outreach program of the Physical Sciences department at Austin Community College, offers simple and uncomplicated projects with the goal of encouraging participants to think, “Hey, I can make that myself.” Explore, touch and do science yourself! Youth 10 to 17 years old will also have the opportunity to explore science and technology in the Discovery Lab.

Science Rocks! is a Discovery Lab program funded by the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation (APLFF) through a Dell Powering the Possible Youth Connect grant. The Science Rocks Trailblazer is sponsored by the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME).

A statewide non-profit organization, TAME provides K-12 programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Special thanks to Austin Community College Hands- on Science (ACCHaoS) for providing interactive activities. ACCHaoS is a hands-on traveling science program that teaches children that there is science involved in everything we do.

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Dell Powering the Possible Learning Grant

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Dell’s Powering the Possible program focuses on four areas of giving including learning, pediatric cancer research, disaster relief and social entrepreneurship. All four programs are designed to give to others through the power to do more, through a combination of Dell technology and solutions as well as Dell resources and know-how. The Dell initiative at the Austin Public Library falls into the Dell Powering the Possible Learning category of Dell funding and is providing youth at the Willie Mae Kirk Branch a jumpstart on learning for life.

Discovery Lab @ Willie Mae Kirk Branch

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The Discovery Lab helps young people develop the skills needed to fully participate in this globalized technological society. The Austin Public Library works with Dell to offer experiences that will help break the cycle of poverty and inequality and remove barriers to education and literacy through providing access to computers, cameras, tablets and software that encourages creative abilities.