Astronomy, Aerospace and Environmental
"Trek into Space" at the Romeoville Library
E-mail Greg Lopatka
Comets, Collisions and Catastrophes
Astronomy on the Internet
"Rocket to Mars"
we explore the principals of rocketry with demonstrations and slides. We end the program with a Rocket Launch in the parking lot.
"Space Travel Past, Present and Future" See outline
"Greatest Robots" (Voyager, Galileo and Viking) We explore all of the wonders of the universe that these explorers discovered with slides and video.
"Build a Rocket" (Hands on activity for 5th grade and up) Click here for rocket plans.
"Lights, Camera, Read" Children read a passage or paragraph from their favorite book in front of the "Lights and Camera.". Then I read from my favorite book, October Sky (Rocket Boys) by Homer Hickam. The camera is connected to a large screen TV, so that children can see their friends and themselves read. I can also take digital still pictures of each child and print them a souvenir copy that they can take home. I have a photo quality printer that can do this without much cost. ($25) I could have them ready in a day or two. You could then use the pictures as an incentive for the children to show up at your next event, or at an "end of summer" party.
end the program with a demonstration and an explanation of the principles of
rocketry followed by a rocket launch in the parking lot.
I'll have a VHS video of the event that you can use in any way that you
Cable TV, make copies and sell or give them away)
"Great Explorers, Past Present and Future" We will relive the discoveries of the greatest explorers of the past 200 years, starting with early explorers like Lewis and Clark and the Astorians and continuing with the Space explorers of the 1960s like John Glenn, Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride. We will even check out the greatest robot explorers like Pioneer 10, Voyagers 1 and 2, the Viking, Hubble Space Telescope, Galileo, Pathfinder, Cassini and the newest explorers that are roaming the planet Mars right now. After we explore all of the wonders that these explorers discovered with slides and hands on objects and demonstrations, we can take a telescope outside on a clear night to look at the real things. If it is a daytime program, we can launch a rocket in the parking lot.
My Fee is $395.00
I will develop a program to meet your theme.
LIBRARIES WHERE I HAVE MADE PRESENTATIONS:
Adler Planetarium Sky Show Presenter 1987-89
GLOBE environmental teacher and teacher trainer 1995-2004
Presenter of over 150 Astronomy, Internet and Rocket shows at Illinois Libraries.
Program Outline for "Space Travel, Past, Present, and future".
I. Space Exploration History
B. Inner Planets
C. Outer Planets
II. Current & Future Events
A. Hubble Repairs
B. Galileo Probe of Jupiter
C. Mars Visit
D. Casinni Probe of Saturn
III. Current Sky
A.Perseid Meteor Shower 8/11-12
B. Jupiter and Saturn
C. Cygnus, Aquila,and Lyra (Summer Triangle)
IV. Internet Space Travel
A. Lopatka Links
B. NASA Links
C. Astronomy Links
Or call me at (630) 964-3304
Thanks to Lindsey Weiss for the following: