No kidding! With this advanced experiment, you’ll be able to show your friends this super-cool magic show chemistry trick with very little fuss (once you get the hang of it).

We have a number of special events this month, due to the nature of this subject. It’s not enough when you’re learning astronomy to memorize a textbook and call it a day. We’re going to be building telescopes, designing solar systems, detecting cosmic rays, exploring black holes, star gazing and so much more!

You and your family will be able to interact with real astronomers and explore the night sky as you’ve never known it before.

I’ve arranged for several field trips this month with different astronomers and their private observatories. You can opt to do as many of these bonus events as you’d like. These are great to do with the entire family, and we hope you’ll really enjoy this bonus content! All sessions will be recorded and posted to the main e-Science website (go to “Live Classes” in the navigation bar and click on the appropriate week in March).

Please understand that this schedule is weather-permitting. We won’t be able to star gaze if it’s cloudy or raining, so we’ve put together a “back-up” schedule just in case we need it (shorter sessions only – the “big” star gazing does not have a backup date since we have several telescopes in several different locations to operate from for that particular event).

We have to wait until it gets dark in order to do our star gazing sessions.  Star gazing sessions run 30-45 minutes, and the “big” star gazing event with the Central Coast Astronomical Society is about 90 minutes long

All astronomy classes through Supercharged Science, including star gazing sessions, are taught from an observational science point of view and do not cover evolution or creation . ***Please note that the “big” star gazing event may include stellar evolution as it is being taught astronomers other than Aurora, so please consider before participating if this is right for your child.

All sessions will have telescope viewing sessions through private observatories.

Star Gazing Night #1 – 8 pm Pacific, Monday, March 8th
(Backup: Thursday, March 11th)

Star Gazing Night #2 – 8 pm Pacific Monday, March 15th
(Backup: Thursday, March 18th)

Star Gazing Night #3 – 8 pm Pacific Monday, March 22nd
(Backup: Thursday, March 25th)

BIG Star Gazing event with several astronomers!
Saturday, March 13th 7 – 8:30pm Pacific with Central Coast Astronomy

  • Please download your SkyMap Chart (it’s free) here: SkyMaps
  • If you’d like to get a SkyGazer’s Almanac, go here: Sky & Telescope (optional)

On March 14 at 1:59pm, folks from all over the world celebrate “Pi Day” with games, activities, and pie-eating contests. Here are my best resources for showing kids how pi shows up in the real world and also how to learn about pi in a way that not only makes sense but isn’t flat boring.

Pi (p) is a number slightly greater than 3 that shows up when you divide the circumference of a circle by its diameter, no matter what size the circle is. It also shows up in other shapes like spheres, ellipses, cylinders, and cones as well as unusual places like summation series, number theory, probability, bell curves, and the Fibonacci series.

I’ve prepared two different versions that you can access, and each comes with its own video. If this is your first time encountering “pi”, then start with the first one. Otherwise, jump in to the full version and have fun!

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Over the years, I’ve collected quite a stash of activity sheets and games for kids from other sources. I don’t know where they all came from, so please respect their copyright information on the sheet itself when you share with others.