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What we do in Galileo’s workshop!

Go back in time to the renaissance and get to know Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), considered by many to be the father of experimental science. It was common for truths to be simply declared without testing or experimentation. Galileo sought to change that.

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”
– Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

“(I liked the) fact that we got to take home our own telescopes.”
– participant

In 1609 Galileo began improving upon the spyglass, turning it into an astronomical telescope. In this program, you begin by experimenting with an assortment of lens, prisms, mirrors, beam splitters and more. You and your partner set up an optical bench, to discover the wonders of optics! Retrace Galileo’s own challenges, and then  assemble your own take-home telescope*. Then you use the telescope, as Galileo did, to support the Copernican view that the Earth and planets revolve about the Sun!

Your child will also hand figure their very own double convex lens, in much the same way Galileo did.

Outdoor team challenges and games are used to reveal the wonders of light and optics. Will your team be the first to focus the light? What strategies will your child come up with?

● develop team building & leadership skills
● read & follow plans
● practice estimating
● solve engineering problems on the field
● use models and geometry to understand planetary motion

Galileo made many contributions, not only to astronomy, but also to physics. So get ready to experiment with pendulums and play with falling bodies.

“My favorite part of this workshop was the Sun; using a special filter was amazing.”
– Solomon Rosner, participant

“(I liked) the instructor’s way of teaching my child – easy going approach – fun – no pressure.”
– parent

And as an extra bonus, children learn what goes into setting up a professional grade telescope. It is fitted with a special filter to allow safe viewing of our nearest star, the Sun. They’ll see features like prominences, filaments, sunspots and spicules. This is like being instantly transported into space, looking out the window of your spacecraft and there it is; a star …our star …a mere 15 million kilometers away!

We will also model both lunar and solar eclipses. This is particularly timely for the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21, visible along a path that crosses the United States!

Join us for a week of renaissance intrigue and discovery!

* Tripods for these telescope assemblies are provided for use at camp only and do not go home. Most folks own a camera tripod already and the take-home telescope tube assembly attaches the same way a camera would. Alternatively, the tripods used at camp may be purchased.

Program leaders

Your lead instructor is engineer, John Aviste. Student to instructor ratio of 7:1 or less.

What, where, when & how much

Boston -Metro West MA
Regis College, Weston MA $675 MA
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● week-long Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. programs
● optional extended care 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. $45/session and/or 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. $90/session
● optional lunch $55/session
● limited to 14 children, ages 10 to 14, with case by case exceptions for 9 year-olds
● Register any two or more sessions & save $25.00 on each one!

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