Star Maps

Eli Whitney Museum

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for ages 6 – 8


2022 Summer Program

For centuries, stars have led us through time, told us stories, and helped us find our way. Cultures have regarded the stars through the lens of folklore and science. Greeks imagined the heavens as a great solid dome, forged of bronze upon which the constellations were fixed. Across Africa, stars are used as markers for growing seasons. Cree storytellers share tales of Grandmother Spider and the Star Woman, the Great Bear, and the Seven Birds. A source of myths that cultures have based belief and direction upon, the stars above generate shared wonder for children and experts alike.

Become an astronomer, construct an illuminated constellation board, a kaleidoscope and telescope. Tell stories of mythology, learn to navigate by reading the stars. Journey through cultures and skies to find out what the stars are trying to tell us.

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