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WESM and Barlow Offer 'Earth and Space' Summer Programs

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The “Wisconsin Earth Adventure” is being held for kids entering grades four through six during three, week-long sessions in July: July 11-15, 1:00-4:00 p.m.; July 18-22, 9:00 a.m. – Noon; July 25-29, 9:00 a.m. – Noon.

The “Wisconsin Space Academy” is being held for kids entering grades four through eight during four, week-long sessions in July and early August: July 11-15, 9:00 a.m. – Noon; July 18-22, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.; July 25-29, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.; August 1-5, 9:00 a.m. – Noon and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The WESM, Wisconsin’s Official Mineralogical Museum, offers an abundance of geologic WESM and Barlow Summer programshistory about Wisconsin…and the world. “Volcanoes, earthquakes, dinosaurs…and so much more are part of the ‘Wisconsin Earth Adventure’ program. It’s an opportunity to learn about how geology shapes our planet and affects all of us in our every day lives,” according to Dr. Joanne Kluessendorf, the Director of the WESM.

“The ‘Wisconsin Earth Adventure’ program gets kids digging into summer fun,” she said, “where they’ll learn how to identify rocks and minerals, work with maps and lots of other scientific concepts, like a geologist does. The program includes many hands-on activities, such as building an ‘erupting volcano,’ making a fossil cast, prospecting for minerals, and growing crystals. Participants will also learn about Wisconsin’s rich geologic history using the exhibits in the WESM…and create a personal tour for “family night.”

The Barlow Planetarium, Wisconsin’s world-class planetarium, presents colorful and exciting shows on its giant 48-foot dome and offers a variety of special programs throughout the year. “We bring you much more than just the stars,” says Planetarium Director Karen Klamczynski. “Wisconsin Space Academy is a program that exposes children to aerodynamics, physics, astronomy, space exploration…it’s a fun way to learn some important scientific principles.”

According to Klamczynski, “Wisconsin Space Academy Cadets learn about astronomy and create their own planetarium show for ‘family night.’ There are four different levels to the program. In different levels the Cadets use telescopes, do supervised Internet research on astronomy topics and participate in mock space missions. Our advanced Cadets even design their own rockets and launch them!”

“Wisconsin Earth Adventure” and “Wisconsin Space Academy” sessions each run Monday through Friday for three hours daily. Kids who register simultaneously for both will enjoy a full-day, week-long science adventure. Lunch options are also available, and registrations are accepted, as space allows, until the first day of each program.

Sessions are led by fully-trained instructors and volunteers. The registration fee for one program is $125.00 or $112.50 each for two or more sessions of any program. Discounts also apply to siblings. The fee includes all session materials, a T-shirt, and daily snack.

For more information about “Wisconsin Earth Adventure” and “Wisconsin Space Academy,” contact the Barlow/WESM staff at 920-832-2868 or check the program websites at www.uwfox.uwc.edu/wesm or www.barlowplanetarium.org.

*The photo is courtesy of the Derse Museum Group, Inc.

Posted 6/30/05