BRISTOL - Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center will celebrate the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon July 23 with educational activities designed to teach children about this significant moment in history.
Moon-themed workshops will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum at One Pleasant St. Visitors will also have an opportunity to watch the moon landing and to design and eat their own moon cookies. Kids will also be given space-themed temporary tattoos and access to a website where they can look at photos of different parts of the moon.
Karen Pac, museum studio manager and atelierista, said that the workshops are based on those created by The National Institute of STEM Education - which is affiliated with Arizona State University and NASA. Doreen Stickey, director of development and marketing at the Imagine Nation, said that the museum and early learning center has had a long-standing relationship with Arizona State University.
“I recently went to a conference with NISE where I was in the same room as scientists, professors and museum staff from throughout the country,” said Pac. “They taught us how to teach science to children and gave us access to kits with which to teach them. In the past, the GLOBE Observer has also had a partnership with us where kids would make mosquito traps and log their experiences on a website. That data would be used by actual scientists. We have done other workshops inspired by their kits before, but this is the first time we’re devoting a whole day to those activities.”
The following programs will be offered on July 23:
10:30 a.m. - Create Moon Crater Art in the Art Studio: Kids will learn about how the moon got its craters and then use Plaster of Paris to create their own moon and toss objects at it to create craters.
11:30 a.m. - Plant your Flag on the Moon: Kids will get to dress up as astronauts and walk in front of a special “anti-gravity mirror” that will make them look like they are floating in space.
1:30 p.m. - Make a Moon Travel Poster: Kids will be asked to think about the different things they’d like to take to the moon and create their own travel poster using art supplies.
2:30 p.m. - Hide and Seek Moon: Kids can go to the Playbox Theater and use different tools like binoculars to see if they can spot objects hidden on a moon. They will also learn if the moon has water in the ground and measure the temperature on different parts of the moon.
“It is my hope by putting together these programs that when kids see the moon at night or see the moon in stores they look at it in a slightly different way because they know more about it,” said Pac.
Heather Grance, marketing manager at Imagine Nation, said that the programs will also help to expand upon what children are taught in school about the moon landing.
“It will be an opportunity for them to do activities with the whole family,” she said. “We will also be giving them information about how they can engage in citizen science projects like the mosquito project where they can continue engaging with science after they go home.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.