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Wyoming Stargazing

Wyoming Stargazing is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Jackson Wyoming that excels at making the often difficult to understand concepts of astronomy accessible to everyone. Our mission is to inspire and educate through Wyoming’s extraordinary skies. We offer public and private stargazing programs, solar astronomy programs, planetarium programs, as well as other indoor astronomy presentations. Our vision is to build an observatory and planetarium in Jackson Hole.

Samuel Singer
307-413-4779
Samuel@wyomingstargazing.org
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Who We work with all age groups from Preschool - Adults.
What We offer engaging indoor and outdoor lessons that cover Earth and Space Science, Motion and Stability, Energy, and Technology standards.
When Our classroom-based and planetarium programs can take place any time of year. Stargazing Programs are best suited for the beginning or end of the school year.
Where We can bring our lessons to your classroom and our planetarium to your school gym, cafeteria, or multipurpose room. Stargazing can take place on any playing field near your school.
Why Astronomy is a “gateway science”. It’s a hook that can get students excited about science who otherwise might never think about science as a career path. We excel at making difficult to grasp concepts about the Universe understandable for everyone and our portable space theater brings the Universe right to your students’ fingertips.

Available Programs

Ask Dr. Sam

Ask Dr. Sam is a student-driven, in-person or virtual program during which the Founder and Executive Director of Wyoming Stargazing, Dr. Sam, will present some astronomical content of your choosing and then provide opportunities for students to direct the remainder of the lesson based on their curiousities. We’ll use web-based images, videos, and applets to […]

Standards:
  • 1-ESS1-1 Earth’s Place in the Universe
  • 1-ESS1-2 Earth’s Place in the Universe
  • 1-PS4-1 Waves & Their Application in Technologies for Information Transfer
  • 1-PS4-2 Waves & Their Application in Technologies for Information Transfer
  • 1-PS4-3 Waves & Their Application in Technologies for Information Transfer
  • 1-PS4-4 Waves & Their Application in Technologies for Information Transfer
  • 3-ESS2-1 Earth’s Systems
  • 3-ESS2-2 Earth’s Systems
  • 5-ESS1-1 Earth’s Place in the Universe
  • 5-ESS1-2 Earth’s Place in the Universe
  • 5-PS2-1 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • K-ESS2-1 Earth’s Systems
  • K-PS3-1 Energy
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Stargazing Programs

1st and 5th Grade Program Description: Stargazing Programs and Virtual Stargazing Programs are extra curriculum programs that take place at night and during the day wih our contact in Sourth Africa that can connect students to the rest of the Universe through seeing stars, planets, galaxies, and other objects through telescopes. Students can use their […]

Standards:
  • 1-ESS1-1 Earth’s Place in the Universe
  • 5-ESS1-1 Earth’s Place in the Universe
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Rube Goldberg Machines

Kindergarten – 5th Grade Program Description: Rube Goldberg machine activities are hands-and-minds-on engaging experiences that can easily be adapted for all grade levels and lengths of classroom learning times.  We can offer this program virtually by droping the supplies off with you and instructing the lesson over Zoom. Rube Goldeberg was an award winning cartoonist […]

Standards:
  • 1-PS4-1 Waves & Their Application in Technologies for Information Transfer
  • 3-5-ETS1-1 Engineering, Technology, & Applications of Science
  • 3-5-ETS1-2 Engineering, Technology, & Applications of Science
  • 3-5-ETS1-3 Engineering, Technology, & Applications of Science
  • 3-PS2-1 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • 3-PS2-2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • 3-PS2-3 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • 3-PS2-4 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • 4-PS3-1 Energy
  • 4-PS3-2 Energy
  • 4-PS3-3 Energy
  • 4-PS3-4 Energy
  • 5-PS2-1 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • 5-PS3-1 Energy
  • K-2-ETS1-1 Engineering, Technology, & Applications of Science
  • K-2-ETS1-2 Engineering, Technology, & Applications of Science
  • K-2-ETS1-3 Engineering, Technology, & Applications of Science
  • K-PS2-1 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • K-PS2-2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
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Spandex Gravity Demonstration

5th Grade Program Description: This lesson uses a large piece of black spandex and several balls of different size and mass to demonstrate Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, which is gravity. Students will understand how space bends to makes things fall down towards massive objects. We can offer this program virtually by droping the supplies off […]

Standards:
  • 5-PS2-1 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
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Sunset and Sunrise Time Graphing

5th Grade Program Description: This lesson uses data in sunrise and sunset times that students can collect inside our planetarium or find online. Students graph that data to discover the patterns of daylight hours throughout the year. We can offer this program virtually by droping the supplies off with you and instructing the lesson over Zoom. […]

Standards:
  • 5-ESS1-2 Earth’s Place in the Universe
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Shadow Changes

This lesson uses flashlights and Lego pieces to help students explore how the length of shadows changes throughout the day and throughout the year. At the end of the lesson they will understand that the position of the Sun in the sky determines the length of shadows and that the change in the Sun’s position […]

Standards:
  • 5-ESS1-2 Earth’s Place in the Universe
  • K-PS3-1 Energy
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How Far is that Star?

5th Grade Program Description: This lesson uses the scientific method to guide students through an in-class experiment using flashlights to determine how the distance from a light source such as a flashlight or a star effects how bright the light appears to the observer. We can offer this program virtually by droping the supplies off […]

Standards:
  • 5-ESS1-1 Earth’s Place in the Universe
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Kinesthetic Astronomy

Kindergarten Cross Disciplinary Concepts: Patterns in the natural and human designed world can be observed and used as evidence. Kindergarten Vocabulary: cloudy, cold, rainy, sunny, snowy, sunlight, temperature, warm, windy 1st Grade Program Description: Our Kinesthetic Astronomy lessons have the students use their bodies to simulate the motion of Earth around the Sun and the Moon around […]

Standards:
  • 1-ESS1-1 Earth’s Place in the Universe
  • 1-ESS1-2 Earth’s Place in the Universe
  • 5-ESS1-1 Earth’s Place in the Universe
  • 5-ESS1-2 Earth’s Place in the Universe
  • K-PS3-1 Energy
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Planetarium Programs

1st Grade Program Description: We use our inflatable planetarium to help students understand the apparent motion of objects in the sky during each night, the changes in positions of the stars throughout the year, and changes of daylight hours throughout the year. 1st Grade Cross Disciplinary Concepts: Patterns in the natural world can be observed, used […]

Standards:
  • 1-ESS1-1 Earth’s Place in the Universe
  • 1-ESS1-2 Earth’s Place in the Universe
  • 5-ESS1-1 Earth’s Place in the Universe
  • 5-ESS1-2 Earth’s Place in the Universe
  • 5-PS2-1 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
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Weather Journals

We use weather journals, student art activities, and demonstrations to help students understand seasonal weather patterns. We can drop off the supplies with you and instruct the program virtually over Zoom. Kindergarten Cross Disciplinary Concepts: Patterns in the natural and human designed world can be observed and used as evidence. Kindergarten Vocabulary: cloudy, cold, rainy, sunny, snowy, […]

Standards:
  • 3-ESS2-1 Earth’s Systems
  • K-ESS2-1 Earth’s Systems
  • K-ESS3-2 Earth and Human Activity
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