Galileo’s Astronomy

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)

In 1609 Galileo began improving upon the spyglass, turning it into an astronomical telescope. At camp you retrace some of his challenges and 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!

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 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. 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!

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.

What, where, when & how much

This is a week-long, Monday to Friday day program. Limited to 14 children, ages 10 to 14, with case by case exceptions for 9 year-olds. Call (315) 773-5673 for more information.

Locations, availability, dates and pricing

Program leaders

Your lead instructor is John Aviste, a professional engineer. He is accompanied by a trained assistant, carefully chosen for their ability to engage the young engineer in your family!

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