Observing – Galileo's Birthday

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Monday, 2/16/15

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Vacation Program

  • Monday, February 16, 2015
  • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Designed for ages 9 to 12

Following closely the hands of great thinkers at work traces a useful map of genius.

February 15 was Galileo's 451st birthday*. Galileo was a brilliant observer. He understood the movements of planets. He understood the movement of marbles. Construct a marble tree to test your mastery of marbles in motion. Construct Galileo's marble shooter which drops and flings 2 marbles simultaneously to demonstrate the equal influence of gravity. Join a team that will construct a 50 foot long marble track. Or join a team that will work on the prototype for a new feature of the Marble Wall.

Weather permitting, observe and draw sun spots with a device as simple as the telescope Galileo used in 1612.**

* December 8, 2015 will be Eli Whitney's 250th birthday. We will mention timelines often this year. Galileo Galilei was born almost exactly 2 centuries before Whitney.
** Special thanks to the Peabody Museum for the loan of their Sun Spot Telescope.

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