Wisconsin Space Academy Classes

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Since 1998, the Barlow Planetarium has offered Wisconsin Space Academy (WSA) – multiple levels span three overlapping age groups – to explore the thrill of astronomy, space and science through hands-on rocketry activities. In 2010 the Barlow expanded its offerings to offer Wisconsin Astronomy Academy (WAA) to learn about our place in the Universe through hands-on astronomy activities.   In 2015, the Barlow expanded its offerings again by adding a Wisconsin Astronomy & Space Academy (WASA) Level A (in preceding years it was Level 0) for the youngest space enthusiasts that had completed the 2nd grade.

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Wisconsin Astronomy & Space Academy

Level A – Stars & Rockets  (Completed Grade 2)
Monday-Thursday, June 12-15, 9 am - 12 noon

  • Build and launch a different rocket each day!
  • Experiment with hands-on activities in the Barlow!
  • Family Night on Thursday evening!
  • DISCOUNTED REGISTRATIONS MUST REGISTER BY PHONE!

Class Fee: Barlow members: $110 / multi-class: $125 / non-members: $140  REGISTER NOW!

Wisconsin Space Academy

Level I – Blast Off (Completed Grades 3 – 5)
Monday-Thursday, June 26-29, 9 am - 12 noon

  • Build, customize and launch a model rocket 
  • Each participant receives rocketry supplies valued at $70.
  • Family Night on Thursday evening!
  • Compliments Level I Wisconsin Astronomy Academy with a supervised lunch!
  • DISCOUNTED REGISTRATIONS MUST REGISTER BY PHONE!
  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Friday, June 9, 2017!

Class Fee: Barlow members: $160/ multi-class: $175/ non-members: $190 / LATE:  $220  REGISTER NOW!

Level II – Payloads (Completed Grades 4 – 6)
Monday-Thursday, July 17-20, 9 am - 12 noon

  • Build, customize and launch a model rocket that launches and returns a small egg safely to the ground.
  • Each participant receives rocketry supplies valued at $70.
  • Family Night on Thursday evening!
  • Compliments Level II Wisconsin Astronomy Academy with a complimentary supervised lunch!
  • DISCOUNTED REGISTRATIONS MUST REGISTER BY PHONE!
  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Friday, June 30, 2017!

Class Fee: Barlow members: $160/ multi-class: $175/ non-members: $190 / LATE:  $220  REGISTER NOW!

Level III – Fly Higher (Completed Grades 5 – 8)
Monday-Thursday, July 31 - August 3, 9 am - 12 noon

  • Build, customize and launch a model rocket that uses two stages and two engines for the highest possible flights. 
  • Each participant receives rocketry supplies valued at $70.
  • Family Night on Thursday evening!
  • Compliments Level III Wisconsin Astronomy Academy with a complimentary supervised lunch!
  • DISCOUNTED REGISTRATIONS MUST REGISTER BY PHONE!
  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Friday, July 14, 2017!

Class Fee: Barlow members: $160/ multi-class: $175/ non-members: $190 / LATE:  $220  REGISTER NOW!

Wisconsin Astronomy Academy

Level I – Constellations (Completed Grades 3 – 5)
Monday-Thursday, June 26-29, 1 pm - 4 pm

  • Learn how to use stars to find your way on Earth and in the sky.
  • Recognize the summer constellations and how they relate to each other. 
  • Each participant receives a set of binoculars valued at $60.
  • Family Night on Thursday evening!
  • Compliments Level I Wisconsin Space Academy with a complimentary supervised lunch!
  • DISCOUNTED REGISTRATIONS MUST REGISTER BY PHONE!
  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Friday, June 9, 2017!

Class Fee: Barlow members: $160/ multi-class: $175/ non-members: $190 / LATE:  $220  REGISTER NOW!

Level II – Solar System (Completed Grades 4 – 6)
Monday-Thursday, July 17-20, 1 pm - 4 pm

  • Discover what makes each of the planets fascinating and unique. 
  • Each participant will receive a fully-functional refracting telescope valued at $100.
  • Family Night on Thursday evening!
  • Compliments Level II Wisconsin Space Academy with a complimentary supervised lunch!
  • DISCOUNTED REGISTRATIONS MUST REGISTER BY PHONE!
  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Friday, June 30, 2017!

Class Fee: Barlow members: $195 / multi-class: $210/ non-members: $225 / LATE:  $255  REGISTER NOW!

Level III – Deep Space (Completed Grades 5 – 8)
Monday-Thursday, July 31 - August 3, 1 pm - 4 pm

  • Discover distant celestial objects that only a telescope can see. 
  • Each participant will receive a fully-functional tabletop reflecting telescope valued at $140.
  • Family Night on Thursday evening!
  • Compliments Level III Wisconsin Space Academy with a complimentary supervised lunch!
  • DISCOUNTED REGISTRATIONS MUST REGISTER BY PHONE!
  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Friday, July 14, 2017!

Class Fee: Barlow members: $215 / multi-class: $230 / non-members: $245 / LATE:  $275  REGISTER NOW!