Slooh is pleased to announce our Summer Astronomy Camp 2023! Students can join one or all five of our weekly (Monday - Thursday) sessions as they begin to explore the Universe guided by Slooh's expert educators and using the live online telescopes. The emphasis will be on having fun while learning about space and astronomy in an engaging way - well beyond the school curriculum!
A Journey of Exploration and Discovery
Your journey of exploration and discovery will start close to home in our Solar System, then venture into the Milky Way to learn about nebulae, star clusters, and the life and death of stars before traveling beyond our galaxy into deep space to investigate the myriad of galaxy types.
We'll return home in week four for a Moon-themed week of exploration of our nearest celestial neighbor, learning about lunar features, phases, lunar exploration, and how students can forge careers in the new space industries.
Slooh Astronomy Camp culminates with "Our Strange Universe" week, where we'll encounter the weirdest and most wonderful celestial events and objects in the Universe. We'll learn about the astonishing size and distances of the known Universe, as well as some of the extraordinary celestial events that can be captured using Slooh's live telescopes - including lunar and solar eclipses, occultations, conjunctions, mysterious comets, asteroids whizzing past Earth, meteor showers, supernovae, the possibility of alien life, and much more!
Who Is It For?
Slooh's Summer Astronomy Camp is suitable for Middle and High School students, although college and enthusiastic older elementary students would also enjoy the program.
How Much Does It Cost?
Slooh's Summer Astronomy Camp is included with the student membership (either through their Slooh school account or family membership).
How Are the Live Sessions Run?
Each 1-hour Monday to Thursday live session will be held using Zoom webinars. If a student misses one, they can watch the recording.
Rewards and Awards
As well as having fun and learning about astronomy and space, participants will receive the following:
Gravity Points for completing each session.
Gravity Points for sharing their Quest (learning activity) posters.
Gravity Points for weekly Kahoot quizzes.
A certificate of successful completion of each weekly session.
Special Gravity Points for attending all five weekly sessions.
We will also be awarding special prizes such as free Family memberships, copies of Slooh's book of space stories, and Slooh badges.
When Is It?
Slooh's Summer Astronomy Camp is split into five weekly sessions, with live one-hour Star Parties with Slooh's astronomers and educators Monday to Thursday.
Students can enroll in one or all of the weekly sessions.
Here are the dates of each session. All commence at 5 PM EDT (21:00UTC) unless otherwise noted:
Astronomy Camp Intro and Orientation June 15
If you’re new to Slooh, this session will run through the basics so you’re ready to participate in the first Astronomy Camp session the following week. We’ll also walk through how Astronomy Camp will work and the topics we’ll cover each week.
I - The Solar System June 19 to 22
Slooh's Summer Astronomy Camp Week 1, starts our journey of discovery as we venture into our Solar System to explore and learn about the Sun, Moon, and planets.
June Solstice Special Star Party June 21, at 10 AM EDT (14:00UTC)
This is a special event to celebrate June Solstice with live views of the Sun using Slooh's special solar telescope at the Canary Islands observatory.
II - Exploring The Milky Way Galaxy June 26 to 29
This week, Slooh's Summer Astronomy Camp ventures beyond our solar system into the Milky Way Galaxy. We'll learn about it and the objects that reside within it that we can capture with Slooh's live online telescopes - including nebulae, star clusters, and the life and death of stars.
One Week Break for July 4
III - Galaxies in Deep Space July 10 to 13
Our journey of exploration and discovery takes us into deep space this week to learn about the myriad of galaxy types you can capture with Slooh's telescopes. We'll learn about the different types of spiral galaxies, elliptical and active galaxies, galaxy clusters, and the size of the known Universe.
IV - The Moon July 17 to 20
We return home for a Moon-themed week of exploration of our nearest celestial neighbor, learning about lunar features, phases, lunar exploration, and how students can forge careers in the new space industries. Remember you can earn special Gravity Points in the weekly Kahoot quiz and for sharing your Slooh Moon images.
V - Our Strange Universe July 24 to 27
The last weekly session of Slooh's Summer Astronomy Camp will cover the weird and wonderful in our Universe during "Our Strange Universe" week. We'll learn about the astonishing size and distances of the known Universe, as well as some of the extraordinary celestial events you can capture using Slooh's live telescopes - including lunar and solar eclipses, occultations, conjunctions, mysterious comets, asteroids whizzing past Earth, meteor showers, supernovae, the possibility of alien life, and much more!