Looking for one or two volunteers 4/20/07

Jane H Jones jane.h.jones at jpl.nasa.gov
Mon Apr 16 14:58:29 PDT 2007

HI Old Town Astro folks

I have a request from a JPL colleague for some help at a school star 
party event on Friday April 20 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Longfellow 
Elementary in Pasadena. I have another telescope event that night 
(Sidewalk Astronomy in Pasadena), and I can't be in two places at the 
same time.

He is looking for some enthusiasts who could either:

Answer questions about the planets or be excited about their work in 
science or about science in general (or enthusiastic about answering 
kids questions) from the K-5th graders. It's the schools star party 
Aim telescopes at moon, Saturn or Venus - I have several simple to 
use and easy to carry reflectors in the 4.5-inch,  6-inch and 8-inch 
aperture range if someone has the interest but doesn't have a 
telescope. I'm happy to lend them out. I'll have  an info sheet 
available with facts about moon, Venus and Saturn, too.

I have one volunteer from the JPL Astronomy Club who will help out. 
He does a lot of school events.  I'll help out by creating some star 
chart handouts for the night, provide some NASA handout material, 
supply a human solar system activity. If you have the time or the 
inclination, send me a note, and I'll connect you with Sven, or 
provide the logistics.  I also asked my fellow JPL Astronomy Club 
members, but we JPLers often live far from work, making it hard to 
volunteer locally in Pasadena. If you haven't done a school star 
party before there is usually a flurry of setup, then it seems like 
in an hour the whole event is over and you take your equipment down 
and go home. Telescopes with a quick setup time usually are the 
easiest to use at a school.  Let me know if you're interested.  Jane

Jane Houston Jones
Senior Outreach Specialist, Cassini Program
JPL - 4800 Oak Grove Drive, MS 230-205
Pasadena, CA  91109  818-393-6435
jane.h.jones at jpl.nasa.gov
Cassini Saturn Observation Campaign
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