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Paper: Cosmic Explorers and Star Docent Youth Programs at Henize Observatory
Volume: 473, Communicating Science
Page: 359
Authors: Kabbes, J.
Abstract: The Karl G. Henize Observatory at Harper Community College has long served Harper students and the community. College students fulfill observing requirements for astronomy and physical science classes while the general public views objects through a variety of telescopes. In the spring of 2011, the observatory was in trouble. The long time observatory manager had left, the volunteer staff consisted of two individuals, and the Astronomy Club, which traditionally provided staff to operate the observatory, was moribund. We only drew 20–30 visitors for our bi-weekly public sessions. To face such a challenge, two recent complimentary programs, The Cosmic Explorers for grades 3–6 and the Star Docents for students in grades 7–12 were implemented.
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