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Email: rmahoney@starhop.com
Phone: 603-271-7827 x114
For grades: All Grade Levels
Requirements for virtual visit: We can use Skype or other distance learning systems (lifesize/polycom/etc)
Fees for live visit: Varies, see listing.
Fees for virtual visit: Varies, please call.

 

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I wanted to take the time to share that the Moonlit "Talk-Gawk-Walk" (my title) at Carter Hill Orchard was a huge success. The opportunity to partner with the Discovery Center and the City Conservation Commission made for an interesting, and fun evening. Before a crowd of approximately 70 "moonies" Ryan Mahoney had the group fascinated by his moon talk, and engagement of youngsters to be his aids. He also showed great patience with those that peeked through his telescope, having to regularly adjust the focus, and seeking out Jupiter. Unfortunately, after spectacular rising, the moon ducked behind cloud cover for the remainder of the event. Thank you again for being part of the great evening, and we look forward to sharing additional events down the road.
--- Jay Haines - Executive Director - Five Rivers Conservation Trust




Traveling Planetarium:

 

Traveling Planetarium

In our portable, inflatable planetarium, we offer a variety of shows to choose from for groups of 30-40 students at a time:

Tonight’s Sky – our educators can customize a show about the constellations and the night sky. Great for all ages.

Ice Worlds – visit the two poles of Earth and the icy landscapes of our solar system. For grades 5-8.

Infinity Express – take an exciting journey of discovery to explore our solar system, includes breathtaking images from the Hubble Space Telescope. For grades 4-12.

The Amazing Telescope - A dynamic look at the development and types of telescopes from Galileo's time to the high-powered observatories of today. For grades 7-12.

Impact Earth - What are the differences between asteroids, meteors and comets? Learn how these objects are discovered and how potential impacts might be deflected. For grades 5-8.

Requirements: 25-foot square area and a minimum of 15-foot ceiling clearance, with no obstructions.

Cost: $250, plus round-trip mileage from Concord for one session. Each additional same-day session is $125 with a maximum charge of $600 for five sessions, plus mileage.

Session length: 30-40 minutes.


Educator Demonstrations:

Educator demonstrations are designed for the classroom and ideal for no more than 60 students to maximize visibility. Demonstrations can be modified for more students with advance notice.

ISS - Living and Working in Space:
Using exclusive NASA videos and a variety of visual and hands on demonstrations, students will learn how astronauts live and work in space while answering questions like: What is it like to live in space? How do astronauts adjust to microgravity? What are the astronauts doing in space? Recommended for grades 1-6.

Planet Hunter:
In this interactive science theater presentation, students learn about the planets in our solar system and how scientists and engineers find planets orbiting other stars. Recommended for grades 1-5.

The Comet show:
Explore what a comet is made of and where they come from through interactive and exciting activities and demonstrations. This demonstration's grand finale involves a student volunteer making a spectacular model of a comet using dry ice, syrup and cookies. For Grades 1-8.

Telescopes-to-Go:
We will bring our telescopes to your event during the day for solar viewing or at night for viewing stars, planets and other objects in the night sky. If requested this program can also include presentations about how telescopes work, why dark skies are important and what the beginner should look for in purchasing a telescope.

Cost: $175 per hour per educator plus round-trip mileage from Concord, NH for the first session, plus $125 for each additional session


Workshops:

Mini Paper Rocket Workshop

In this workshop, participants will be guided through the engineering challenge of designing a paper rocket. We will explore common aeronautical questions like: how do planes fly and how can rockets fly so high. Then participants put their new knowledge to the test as they construct a paper rocket and use our air powered launcher to send their rocket into the air. A well made rocket can go 200 feet or more!

Cost: $250 per workshop, plus round-trip mileage from Concord, NH for the first session, $125 for each additional session.

Recycled Rocket Residency

We will work with students in your classroom or after school program to design an air powered rocket out of recycled material. This program includes lessons about engineering and the principles of flight and rocketry. Students will experience firsthand the importance of planning and testing designs. This program is recommended for grades 3 and up. Each session is one hour long. Additionally, students will need to spend approximately 30-60 minutes in class or at home each day to build and modify their rocket. We offer two versions of this program, a 3-day program and a more in-depth 5-day program.

3 Day Program
Day 1: Demo Launch and Principles of Flight
Day 2: Why and How Engineers Test Their Designs - Wind Tunnel-Testing Students' Designs
Day 3: Final Launch

5 Day Program
Day 1: Demo Launch and Principles Of Flight
Day 2: Why and How Engineers Test Their Designs - Wind Tunnel-Testing Students' Designs
Day 3: Practice Launch 1/2 Power
Day 4: Famous Engineering Blunders - Additional Wind Tunnel Testing
Day 5: Final Launch

Cost: 3-day program $425 up to 30 children plus daily round-trip mileage from Concord, NH. 5-day program $675 up to 30 children plus daily round-trip mileage from Concord, NH. An additional class of 30 children can be added at $125 per class (no more than 4 classes per day)

Paper Rocket Launch


Also available...

ISS - Living and Working in Space:
Using exclusive NASA videos and a variety of visual and hands on demonstrations, students will learn how astronauts live and work in space while answering questions like: What is it like to live in space? How do astronauts adjust to microgravity? What are the astronauts doing in space? Recommended for grades 1-6.

Planet Hunter:
In this interactive science theater presentation, students learn about the planets in our solar system and how scientists and engineers find planets orbiting other stars. Recommended for grades 1-5.

The Comet show:
Explore what a comet is made of and where they come from through interactive and exciting activities and demonstrations. This demonstration's grand finale involves a student volunteer making a spectacular model of a comet using dry ice, syrup and cookies. For Grades 1-8.

Stellar Forensics

Stars are the only thing studied by science that can't be brought in to the laboratory. How then do we know so much about the stars? This experience will unlock the mystery of decoding the informative fingerprints of the photons sent across trillions of miles. Learn how we determine the temperature, size, luminosity, color, elemental make-up, and motion of the stars in this hands-on spectroscopy lab experience.
Grades 8-12




New England's premier air and space science center. The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center honors NH space pioneers Christa McAuliffe and Alan Shepard. Come explore astronomy and aviation with interactive exhibits, simulations, planetarium, observatory, and more!

The Discovery Center also offers a complete outreach program of classroom workshops, residency programs and an inflatable planetarium. http://starhop.com/outreach


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