Bright Idea: Science Friday’s Sun Camp!
Science Friday’s virtual Sun Camp is a great way for families and educators to explore STEM anywhere, anytime with children ages 5-9.
The days are getting shorter, but we’ve got a great way to bring some extra sun into your life. This fall join us for a bright idea: Sun Camp! The center of our solar system and our closest star, the Sun is so much more than a light bulb in the sky. It’s a dynamic system, constantly changing. Those changes affect us here on Earth in many ways, some obvious and some mysterious. But understanding the Sun and how it works may hold the key to discovering new living worlds in our Universe.
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All kids in the United States and their sun-loving caregivers are welcome to join us as we build, experiment, and investigate using activities that bring the science of the Sun down to earth. Not a heliophysics expert? No problem! We’ll have weekly newsletters, detailed project guides, short instructional videos, Q&A sessions with real NASA scientists, extension activities, and many tips for helping young people feel successful and engaged.
Got a group? Great! Clubs, scouts, after-school programs, libraries, museums, homeschool co-ops, and other community organizations are welcome to join in the solar-powered fun.
Science Friday’s Sun Camp will kick off on Wednesday, October 19 and runs until November 16. After you enroll, you’ll receive a weekly email newsletter with everything you need to know to participate in Sun Camp. You’ll also be invited to a special online session each Wednesday at 4 pm PT / 7 pm ET. During this virtual gathering, we’ll dive into an important solar science topic with a guest expert from NASA who will answer the questions of our budding scientists. You’ll also have access to a new hands-on science or engineering activity each week to complete on your own, using instructions and resources provided by the Science Friday team of educators. As you complete the projects, you can share your work with us and we’ll feature it online. When Sun Camp is over, there will be a brief survey about your experience.
Sun Camp is totally free. Most of the materials for the activities are easy to find around the house or at the local hardware store. We’re also offering a limited number of free materials kits for groups and families that meet our criteria.
Simply fill out a short form to enroll in Sun Camp. And be sure to check out sciencefriday.com/suncamp regularly for updates and to check out the creations of your fellow sun science explorers.
Well, the Sun is pretty important to life on Earth, to the workings of our solar system, and to the future of both space exploration and alternative energy, so we want everyone to have the chance to learn more about our closest star. We’ve partnered with NASA Heliophysics Education Activation Team (NASA HEAT). NASA HEAT connects audiences across the nation to the innovative and captivating science of heliophysics—the physics of the Sun and its connection with the Solar System. Together Science Friday and NASA HEAT are launching learners of all ages on a trajectory towards scientific discovery.
Please email email@example.com with the subject line “SciFri Sun Camp.” For updates on registration, we suggest you subscribe to our Science Friday Educate Newsletter, join the STEM Educator’s Lounge on Facebook, and follow Science Friday on Twitter.
Sandy Roberts is Science Friday’s Education Program Manager, where she creates learning resources and experiences to advance STEM equity in all learning environments. Lately, she’s been playing with origami circuits and trying to perfect a gluten-free sourdough recipe.