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Partner Highlight: Webb Space Telescope Community Events Across the US

January 11, 2022

Alyssa Johnson & Ali Jackson, Sciencenter, Ithaca, NY
Cape Code Museum of Natural History Webb Space Telescope event telescope viewing
Telescope viewing
Photo courtesy:
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

 

 

James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) community events have been in full swing across the country this fall! Here are highlights from just a few of the Webb Community Events that have been taking place nationwide over the past few months. 


Cape Code Museum of Natural History Webb Space Telescope Star Formation activity
Star Formation activity
Photo courtesy:
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

NORTHEAST

 

Brewster, Massachusetts

 

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History celebrated Webb in October and November with space telescope programs led by Archaeoastronomer and NASA Solar System Ambassador, Marie Kesten Zahn, hands-on activities at their Earth & Space Lab, and a community event that was free to the public. 

Photos include: Exploring the Universe: Star Formation activity and Exploring the Solar System: Stomp Rockets

 

 

Cape Code Museum of Natural History Webb Space Telescope event stomp rockets
Stomp Rockets activity
Photo courtesy:
Cape Code Museum of Natural
History

 


Rye, NY 

In celebration of the James Webb Space Telescope launch, Westchester Children’s Museum, located in Rye, NY, explored the wonders of the universe with special programming and activities in November including celestial day-viewing on the boardwalk with the Westchester Amateur Astronomers. Some of the featured activities and exhibits in the MakerSpace include giant to-scale planets from our solar system, STEM experiments, and space-related arts and crafts! 
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Nantucket, Massachusetts

James Webb Space Telescope mirror array tree topper - Photo courtesy ofMaria Mitchell Observatory Nantucket Massachusetts
James Webb Space Telescope
mirror array tree topper
Photo courtesy   
Maria Mitchell Observatory
Nantucket Massachusetts

In addition to having guest lecturers speak about space science, a free open observatory night at Loines Observatory, night sky viewings, and NASA science kits, Maria Mitchell Observatory decorated a JWST-themed tree with astrophotography ornaments, fun space facts, and a JWST mirror array topper! 

Learn more about the activities here: 
https://www.mariamitchell.org/nasa-week-presented-by-the-nantucket-maria-mitchell-association

 


Gateway to Science Bismarck North Dakota Webb Space Telescope community event.jpg
Webb Space Telescope event
Star Formation activity
Photo courtesy
Gateway to Science
Bismarck North Dakota

MIDWEST

 

Bismarck, North Dakota

North Dakota’s Gateway to Science offered a free family day complete with space-themed activities, including Star Formation and Craters, followed by stargazing and a free telescope workshop.

 

Normal, Illinois

The Children’s Discovery Museum in Normal, IL, partnered with Heartland Community College’s Challenger Learning Center and NASA for a live Zoom event with experts. For in-person fun, educators led hands-on activities with guests at the museum, including a telescope folding activity and activities that explore the universe and its formation. The learning will continue with a Space Exploration day camp that focuses on JWST on February 21, 2022. Register here: https://www.childrensdiscoverymuseum.net/calendar.aspx?eid=1592

 


Gateway to Science Bismarck North Dakota Webb Space Telescope community event
Webb Space Telescope event
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Gateway to Science
Bismarck North Dakota

SOUTHEAST

 

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Kidzu Children’s Museum shared the video: Ask an Astronomer with NASA astronomer Dana Louie. She addressed questions like “how many stars are in the Milky Way Galaxy”, “how are stars formed”, “what does it feel like to be in space”, and “what is the biggest star”. Take a look at the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW27U64RrFw





 

 

 

 

 

 


Kauai Community Science Center  Waimea Hawaii Webb Space Telescope event 3D printed bubble wands
Webb Space Telescope event
3D printed bubble wands
Photo courtesy of 
Kauai Community Science Center
Waimea Hawaii

WEST

 

Waimea, Hawaii

Kauai Community Science Center made use of a 3D printer to create hundreds of James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) themed bubble wands and JWST models. In addition, they partnered with The Hawaiʻi State Public Library System for a reading challenge and a JWST model brown bag activity for visitors to take home. Check out the 3D printed bubble wands here: https://www.facebook.com/382651265048/posts/10159475099350049/?d=n and the take-home brown bag activity here: https://www.facebook.com/106802647334807/posts/634643971217336/?d=n

Have your own 3D printer? Print bubble wands of your own here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2995336

 

 

 

Anchorage, Alaska

Kauai Community Science Center  Waimea Hawaii Webb Space Telescope event Take home kits
Webb Space Telescope event
take home kit
Photo courtesy of 
Kauai Community Science Center

University of Alaska Anchorage Planetarium made the celebration easy to access with a virtual event on December 2nd that included live interaction with experts from NASA, UAA, and local Solar System Ambassadors. Watch the recorded event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/314082700340787

 

 

Ashland, Oregon

ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum offered a wide range of space science programs, including guest speakers from NASA, high school presenters, NASA’s #UnfoldtheUniverse art contest, Sun prints, and space-themed storytelling. Learn more about the events here: https://scienceworksmuseum.org/event/james-webb-space-telescope-launch-weekend/

 

 

Alamogordo, New Mexico

Kauai Community Science Center  Waimea Hawaii Webb Space Telescope event 3D printed models
Webb Space Telescope event
3D printed models
Photo courtesy of 
Kauai Community Science Center

The New Mexico Museum of Space History crafted a variation of the Pack a Space Telescope activity and ran the activity with over 200 children at a local school. Check out what they did on a Virtual Rocketeer Academy video posted here:

https://www.facebook.com/NMSpaceMuseum/videos/986180208489505/

 

 

 

 

Sierra Vista, Arizona

The community of Sierra Vista, Arizona is hosting numerous outreach and public engagement programs this fall to celebrate the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope.

Elizabeth Wrozek, curator for the Henry F. Hauser Museum,

Sierra Vista Kids do Design Test Build
Design, Build, Test activity
at the Sierra Vista Library
Webb Space Telescope event 
Photo courtesy of
Patterson Observatory 
Sierra Vista AZ

Ted Forte from the Patterson Observatory, and the Huachuca Astronomy Club of Southeastern Arizona collaborated to bring space science and astronomy education resources to Sierra Vista’s wider community including neuro-diverse adults and children.  Read More

 

 


 


 

Resources for Webb Space Telescope Engagement

Compilation of public engagement resources 

https://www.nisenet.org/webb 


 

More Community Events

James Webb Space Telescope activities are still going on at many of the NASA-supported locations. Check out the map and list of official NASA-supported locations hosting Webb community events here:
https://outerspace.stsci.edu/display/WSTCE/Official+Hosts+of+Webb+Community+Events

 

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