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Kopernik Observatory and Science Center
The Kopernik Observatory & Science Center, perched atop a 1750 foot hill in Vestal, 13 miles Southwest of Binghamton, NY, has been the best-sited and best equipped public observatory in the Northeast United States for over 45 years. It offers a wide range of programs, both on-site and in-school programs that provide hands-on, interactive activities designed to enhance the science and engineering curriculum being taught in school.
NGSS – Next Generation Science Standard
As implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is about to be rolled out, educators at Kopernik have reviewed and revised the course offerings to better align them to the new standards. To that end, Kopernik has added some new courses and have updated others. The Learning Standards for Science have been re-stated and are now listed by the NGSS Grade Level Performance Expectations in the Disciplinary Core Domains. PS stands for the Physical Sciences. LS stands for the Life Sciences. ESS stands for the Earth and Space Sciences. ETS stands for the Engineering, Technology and Application of Science.
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(Grades 1-2) (Grades 3-5) (Grades 6-8)
Students explore the relationship of how astronomers almost exclusively use the electromagnetic spectrum to learn about a variety of celestial objects. They will experience through hands-on modeling the scale of the solar system and beyond. Use of a planetarium simulator will demonstrate astronomical cyclical patterns to students. Students will predict the interactions of a laser beam passing through different materials and will observe that different gases when ionized release unique spectra. If clear, students will safely observe the sun and daytime planets such as Venus with Kopernik’s telescopes. On cloudy days, telescope tour will have students learning about the different types of telescopes that astronomers use.
Learning Standards for Science (grades 1-2)
1-ESS1-1 Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.
1-PS4-2 Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that objects in darkness can be seen only when illuminated.
1-PS4-3 Plan and conduct investigations to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light.

Learning Standards for Science (grades 3-5)
5-ESS1-2 Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.
MS-ESS1-3 Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.

Learning Standards for Science (grades 6-8)
MS-PS4-2 Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.

Common Core Learning Standards: English Language Arts:
• Presentation of knowledge and ideas
• Vocabulary acquisition and use

Cost: $12.00 per student Chaperones are complimentary
Class Limit: Minimum class size = 16 students
Length of Program: 2 hours

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Contact Information
For more information on the Extended Classroom program, please contact:
Kathy Harasta
Phone: (607) 766-3731

Nicole Waskie-Laura
Phone: (607 766-3730
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