Tuesday, January 22, 2013, The Tacoma Astronomical Society will be at the Puyallup Public Library for a free evening of star viewing through telescopes (weather permitting) and the opportunity to make your own stomp rocket. The event is held from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. All ages are welcome, hot chocolate will be served, and no registration is required.
The Tacoma Astronomical Society and the Puyallup Public Library want to introduce children to basic scientific and mathematical principals of rocketry.
Bonnie Anderson, youth services librarian, commented: “We’ve done this for several years and it’s always a lot of fun. The Astronomical Society comes and we make our very own stomp rockets. If the weather permits, we go outside and use telescopes and kids are learning and having fun at same time, what more could you ask?”
When asked the best thing about the event, Bonnie replied, “The kids are having fun and don’t realize that they are learning about stars, physics, and how to follow instructions. All they know is that they’re having fun making fun stuff. The Tacoma Astronomical Society goes all sorts of places to share knowledge with kids; so we love partnering with them.”
Bonnie discussed how the event was unique, “It’s unique that it’s a great learning opportunity that kids may not be exposed to in their normal every day home life…not very many kids have telescopes at home. They can discover a new passion.”
When asked who she recommended come to the event, Bonnie replied, “It’s full of craziness and I think adults have just as much fun as kids do. Families come and some families come every year and make it a fun evening.
We do in the program in ‘waves’ people do not have to show up at 5:30 pm on the nose. Some people will be working on rockets and some will be working on telescopes; it’s a lot of fun.”
For more information, please visit: www.PuyallupLibrary.org or call: 253 841-5454.
“Watch for more programs throughout the year as we are going to have more school age events,” Bonnie concluded.
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com