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FLORIDA SCIENCE EXPERT VISITS EKSC JUNIOR SPACE EXPLORERS CAMP

Karen Melesky, a science and astronomy expert from Florida, served as a guest instructor during the Junior Space Explorers camp at Big Sandy Community and Technical Colleges East Kentucky Science Center and Planetarium on Thursday, June 9.We have ignition. We have go. We have liftoff for the Junior Space Explorers camp at Big Sandy Community and Technical Colleges East Kentucky Science Center and Planetarium (EKSC) on Thursday, June 9.

Campers kicked off the day learning how to make a constellation tube; learning about meteors; looking at the sun with special glasses; and learning their weight on all the different planets.

Karen Malesky, a Florida native, served as a special guest instructor.

It was great having Karen [Malesky] as a guest instructor at our camp, said Steve Russo, director of the East Kentucky Science Center. We taught Astronomy together back in the early 1980s at the South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium in Bradenton, Fla. Karen comes to us with more than 30 years experience teaching in science museums and planetariums, and also wrote some of the Science Standards for the state of Florida. She gave us ideas for new lessons to do.

Other camps at the EKSC this summer include:

Children entering pre-school and kindergarten
Jr. Farmers: Growing in Math and Science | June 30 | 9 a.m. to noon
Cost: Member $10/Non-Member $15

Ready, Set, Grow...your math and science skills as you explore the world of farming. Count, recognize, and graph fruits and vegetables. Explore animal and plant lifecycles, habitats, and food chains. The camp includes the Enchanted Reef planetarium show.

Children entering grades first through fourth
Animal Adventures: Be a Veterinarian | June 28 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Member $25/Non-Member $30

What do scales, fur, and exoskeletons all have in common? Theyre all part of this camp! Come learn what it takes to be a doctor of animals with special guest veterinarian Dr. Julie Tackett! Together well discover life-cycles, listen to an animals heartbeat, and learn about animal habitats as we get up-close and personal with our science center animals! Take home your own stethoscope! The camp includes the Enchanted Reef planetarium show.

Children entering grades fifth through eighth
Space Exploration | June 21-22 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Member $40/Non-Member $50

Do you ever look up at the stars and wonder what is up there? Come explore the far reaches of space and build and launch your own rocket in our study of the sky and space exploration! The camp includes the Oasis in Space planetarium show.

Memberships for the EKSC are available. They include free admission to more than 300 science centers and museums worldwide, a 10 percent discount in the EKSC gift shop and discounted rates for camps and special events. Rates are $25 for student membership, $50 for value membership (two individuals), $60 for grandparent membership (two grandparents and two grandchildren) and $75 for family membership (up to four individuals).

For more information, contact Heather Wheeler at (606) 889-4719 or email hwheeler0021@kctcs.edu.