Monday, September 23, 2013

In Pictures: Top 5 Reasons To Visit Fernbank Science Center During The Fall Season



On Saturday, September 21st, Fernbank Science Center welcome the "Autumnal Equinox" by telling "Stories Among The Stars". As the star projector depicted the night sky on the planetarium dome, storytellers Mary Apps, Tersi Bendiburg, Sarah Beth Nelson and Nancy Riggs shared tales of the autumn constellations, including the stories of Demeter and Persephone, Andromeda, the Milky Way, and Mars. Bridging the gap between folklore and science, Fernbank Science Center astronomer April Whitt lead a tour of the season's brightest stars, and answer questions about the reason for the seasons.



If you have never visited The Fernbank Science Center here are our top 5 reason why you should: 

1. Admission to Fernbank Science Center is FREE! Parking is FREE! 
 

2. Bird Watching Tours: Fernbank Science Center, in conjunction with the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, will offer two bird watching tours at Stone Mountain Park this Fall. If you have an interest in birds, the tours will be a great way to see and learn about birds in their natural environment. The tours will begin in the parking lot of the Stone Mountain "Songbird Habitat" at 8:00 a.m. and will last until approximately 10:30 a.m. (you may leave at any time). Please bring your own binoculars. Checklists will be provided. This is a great way to meet people who share your interest in birds. Hope to see you there!

 


3. Is a safe place to take the kids and celebrate Halloween! On October 26, celebrate Halloween with Flashlights in the planetarium. A special program for parents and children 6 and younger. On October 31 everyone is invited to trick or treat at the center and enjoy a live science show!



4. Amazing Planetarium Shows: The planetarium at Fernbank Science Center is a celestial theater in the round, utilizing the complex Zeiss Mark V planetarium projector in conjunction with a new full dome digital projection system. 

 

These technologies collectively create a stunning immersive environment, which guide the audience through the wonders of the universe. 



The 70-ft diameter planetarium, one of the largest in the United States, is dedicated to teaching and public enrichment.




5. Free community based programs: The science center offers several community based programs, such as bird walks, exploring nature with your child, Fossil Day, Astronomy Day, and Nano Day that are available to every DeKalb County resident. 



The students of the DeKalb County School District receive instruction from science specialists in their field that is aligned to the Georgia Performance Standards but goes beyond regular classroom instruction. Programming is designed to motivate and inspire students to learn more about how science and scientists work and to encourage student achievement in science.
 

The center also offer advanced studies to all high school students who want to learn about animals, forests, food, robots, and much moreThis unique experience, available to all high school students, offers hands-on investigations into a variety of specialized areas of science. Students will have the opportunity to study with expert instructors, working in well-equipped laboratories or traveling to the field, seeing plants and animals in their natural habitats. These courses are provided tuition-free to all DeKalb County School District students. The courses are available to students outside of DeKalb County on a space-available, fee basis. Contact the science center for more information. 
To apply, students must submit an application obtained from their school counselor or you may download one here. 


To be considered, students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, submit a teacher recommendation form from a science teacher and provide a brief statement explaining why they wish to enroll in the course. Please note that the Center's policy requires students to have good attendance. Participants may be dropped from a course after three absences. Please see the detailed course descriptions below. Students must provide their own transportation to the science center.




For more information please visit: http://fsc.fernbank.edu/
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