Foundation for Geauga Parks Brings Space Exploration to Ledgemont Elementary

Students and volunteers outside the Stardome

5th graders at Ledgemont Elementary had the opportunity to explore the vast reaches of the solar system without leaving the school gym on Friday, December 11, 2018, thanks to the Nature Scopes binocular education program provided by the Foundation for Geauga Parks (formerly Geauga Park District).  Students utilized binoculars donated by the foundation to participate in three interactive, astronomy-themed stations led by naturalists and foundation volunteers.  All content provided during the presentation matched Ohio Content Standards for fifth-grade science education.  The interstellar journey began with a tour of the sun, moon and planets projected onto the gym wall.  Next, students learned how magnitude, or the brightness of a star is calculated using size, distance and temperature.  The program concluded with a view of the constellation-filled night sky inside the Stardome, which replicates a high-tech planetarium within an inflatable space.  Students had a blast participating in the program and look forward to the final session of the year-long Nature Scopes program, which includes a visit to Rookery Park in May 2019.  Upon completion of the program, students will receive their own binoculars and field guides to encourage continued exploration of Geauga County’s parks, trails and natural spaces.  Thank you to the Foundation for Geauga Parks for providing our students an interactive and engaging educational experience! 

Nature Scopes Program at Ledgemont Elementary

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